Accor’s UK properties to feature free Wi-Fi

Hotel News - 08/08/2013

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Hotel group Accor is to offer free Wi-Fi access at its properties in the UK. Officials from the France-based firm said in a pres release issued last week that wireless access is to be rolled out to all guest rooms and public areas at 76 Mercure brand hotels, 31 Novotels and 59 Ibis brand properties across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The news comes amid a widespread lack of free internet access in the hotel industry, despite the growth of complimentary hotspots in a number of hospitality chains including Starbuck and McDonalds. According to a recent survey published by Telegraph Travel, more than half of hotel properties worldwide opt to charge guests for in-room Wi-Fi access. Although many hotels charge significantly high rates – up to as much as £8.50 per hour – Accor properties previously entailed a rate of about £3.85. Accor’s managing director for the UK and Ireland, Thomas Dubaere said in a statement that the firm recognises that guests have come to expect free internet access as a result of coffee shops and fast food chains.

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