ATLANTA — December 18, 2013 — BitPay announces it will be the Premiere Sponsor of the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami, NABC.

More than 800 bitcoin community members, merchants and members of the press converge on South Beach for a direction-setting conference.

Building on the recent success of the European Bitcoin Convention, the NABC will hit Miami Beach on the 25th and 26th of January, 2014. In support of the bitcoin conference and community, the Clevelander Hotel, through BitPay, will allow bitcoiners to pay for their room, food and drinks with bitcoin!

"We have a strong partnership with the Miami Beach Convention Center, when they signed the conference the marketing manager connected me directly with the organizer and the rest is history," said Jeff Turgeau, Event Sales Manager for Clevelander. "I immediately recognized the profound opportunities accepting bitcoin will create in increasing our revenues and was sold with the initial conversation."

Through Gotham Dream Cars, another BitPay merchant, a dream car can be rented for the weekend. Gotham Dream Cars rents some of the worlds finest luxury brands, including Aston Martins, Bentleys, Ferraris and Lamborghinis, and will make the conference weekend as fun as it is educational.

"We're extremely excited to be the first exotic car rental company in the country to accept Bitcoin, and we're happy to be working with BitPay to make that easy for everyone," said Noah Lehmann-Haupt, Gotham Dream Cars' Founder and President. "It's pretty awesome to think that a virtual currency born only a few years ago can put people behind the wheel of a $200,000 sports car today."

As part of its mission to grow bitcoin use, and BitPay's mission to expand Bitcoin acceptance in the e-payments arena, workshops will be offered to merchants on why they should accept bitcoin and how easy it is to get set-up. The NABC will also act as a forum for vendors, exhibitors and recent bitcoin startups to share their latest innovations and informal discussions. In addition, regulators, banks and government officials will be on hand to lead panel discussions that are light on fluff and heavy on content.