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Demand for holiday Wi-Fi access on the up

26 January 2009 07:39

Demand for holiday Wi-Fi access on the up

Travel Mole reports that travel agents are receiving increasing numbers of requests that holiday accommodation includes Wi-Fi access for laptops and smart phones.

With the public wising up to the high costs of using 3G roaming while abroad, all sectors of the accommodation industry - ranging from camp sites to hotel chains - are going wireless.

Dave Hughes, director at BT Wireless Broadband, told Travel Mole that advances had already been made with the gradual roll-out of Wi-Fi to airports and city centres.

But indicating that accessibility can still be significantly improved, he added: "The issue of whether you can get Wi-Fi when on holiday is becoming more and more important to people.

"We are no longer in the days where only business travellers need internet access. These days it's great for the kids to watch TV when they are bored at the airport; for keeping in touch with loved ones back home; and for using iTunes on holiday."

A recent survey by BT found that 84 per cent of hotel groups believe that Wi-Fi adds value for customers. ADNFCR-1320-ID-18871971-ADNFCR