Expedia is including information from Jiwire’s WiFi Hotspot Finder in its online travel booking service to enable users to identify which hotels and resorts provide WiFi access.
More than 22,000 hotels and resorts around the world provide public WiFi access. Now, with continually updated information provided by JiWire, Expedia.com shoppers can search for accommodations based on where wireless Internet is available when arranging their travel plans.
According to the Travel Industry Association (TIA), more than half (59%) of trips booked online include a hotel/motel/B&B stay. Additionally, the TIA cites searching for lodging as the second most popular aspect of online trip planning, with 53% of travelers using online sites for this important function.
“As the number of wireless Internet users has grown, it has become increasingly important for people to be able to rely on WiFi connections when they’re on the road,” said Kevin McKenzie, CEO of JiWire. “This year, more than half of all hotel accommodations will be purchased online. Our relationship with Expedia.com will give shoppers instant access to the type of information they’re looking for—and help them make the right decision about where to stay during their trip.”