Hotel Revenues Are Not Yet Threatened by Prospect of City-Wide Wi-Fi
Fast, reliable city-wide Wi-Fi is still years away in almost every market. Business and leisure travelers will continue to pay for hotels’ superior service while city’s clunky infrastructure projects get underway.
Excerpt from Hotel News Now
The introduction of free Wi-Fi in many municipalities does not yet pose a threat to hotel revenues collected from Internet fees, sources said.
Several recent reports have claimed efforts to introduce city-wide Wi-Fi in the likes of Las Vegas, New York and Tel Aviv would undermine hotel networks, giving guests the ability to circumvent costly charges by tapping into a public platform. But even the most ambitious municipal efforts are unlikely to provide a reliable alternative to on-property networks, according to sources.