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Happy New Year from the penthouse offices of the Skift Business Traveler team.
I’m not sure why we’re still talking about charging for hotel Wi-Fi in 2015. Most, if not all business travelers agree that it’s a necessity, but it seems that hotels are slow to catch on. Marriott, for example, last year conceded to giving out free internet, but it’s only for loyalty members and at basic speeds. And they’ve also made some draconian moves to block personal hotspots.
Still, it seems that we’re moving in the right direction. Late last year, Hyatt anounced that free Wi-Fi was coming to all of its properties, and even now where I sit in a Hyatt Grand Vacations in Las Vegas there’s a decent free signal. Perhaps this year where we finally get over the hump.
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