It seems that an increasing number of us are unwilling to disconnect from the Internet for our holidays
iwis might be hanging up their business suits for the holiday, but iPads and laptops are must-pack items for many holidaymakers.
Bach owners say a growing number of travellers are choosing where they will stay based on mobile and broadband connectivity.
A spokesman for rental website Holiday Houses, which has more than 10,000 properties on its books, said 79 per cent of owners mentioned broadband or mobile coverage in their listings.
“[That] is a good indication that it is an important and fairly standard expectation at most places.”
The average nightly rate for houses that specified coverage and broadband as amenities was 2.5 per cent higher than properties that didn’t, he said.
Rich Carey, marketing manager for holiday home rental company Bachcare, which offers properties from Northland to Queenstown, said demand for homes with WiFi had surged.
“As technology plays a greater role in daily lives, guest needs have changed accordingly, particularly with international guests, who wish to remain connected to friends and family back home,” he said.
A customer survey found half indicated the availability of WiFi in a holiday home played some part in their decision to rent a particular property. That is also borne out by network statistics.
It may come as no surprise that due to the demands of Whaleoil, I do try to have some degree of connectivity for part of the day, even when I’m off hunting. Â Read more »