BT Openzone will provide Wi-Fi access at major UK holiday and leisure parks including 77 Camping and Caravanning Club sites, three Pontin’s sites plus locations at Coastfields Leisure sites in Skegness through a new partnership with Wicoms.
With more Brits opting for a ‘staycation’ this summer*, the anticipated 50,000 visitors expected at the sites over the August bank holiday can surf, game or make cheap VoIP calls regardless of the weather. BT Openzone users can use any wireless-enabled device to connect to the service via the BT Openzone landing page.
Chris Bruce, general manager, BT Openzone said: “Having the option to get online and stay entertained will provide a useful ‘plan B’ if the weather does its worst, and being able to look up tourist information and hunt out local gems will make for a better trip.”
The service is inclusive/at no extra cost for 4.8 million BT broadband customers with inclusive BT FON Wi-Fi minutes, BT Openzone subscribers, plus O2 iPhone and mobile broadband users with inclusive Wi-Fi minutes in their contracts. Other users can buy a BT Openzone voucher online at www.btopenzone.com, with access from as little as ½p per minute.
Simon Davies, chief technology officer, Wicoms, said: “Lots of Brits have stayed in the UK rather than head overseas this year. Families tell us that holiday sites are another location where they want to get online. Teenagers and gadget addicts are set to be heavy users.”
BT is seeing huge demand for Wi-Fi in the leisure and hospitality sector. Customers can also connect at more than 400,000 residential and commercial hotspots in the UK and Ireland including BAA airports, BA lounges, Cafe Nero, Hilton, Thistle and Ramada Jarvis hotels and Starbucks coffee stores.