Thursday, 28 June 2018

South Australia offers free wifi to tourists


Wilpena Pound, Kangaroo Island (above) and Coffin Bay are among 60 major tourism sites set to switch-on a free wifi service, thanks to a partnership between Telstra and the South Australian Tourism Commission.

The joint initiative will provide connectivity for visitors at some of South Australia’s most iconic and remote locations, allowing free access to unlimited data for one hour per day using their smart phone, mobile device or laptop. 

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway said the connectivity would enhance visitor experiences and allow guests to make the most of their time in South Australia. 

“We know people want to be able to locate our restaurants, use maps and share their experiences and happy snaps on line, in real time,” Ridgway said.
“Technology is transforming tourism and we want to use it to produce social and economic benefits for the state.”

South Australian Tourism Commission chief executive Rodney Harrex said: "We are delighted Telstra came on board for the project. 

“It’s a big benefit for us too - we want our visitors to be mini-ambassadors for our state, sharing their trip on social media.

“A picture is worth a thousand words and #SeeSouthAustralia is quickly becoming a global resource where people plan their holidays, re-create images or share their experiences with their friends.” 

The 60 hotspots will work with Telstra Air, Australia’s largest wifi network. Existing Telstra Air customers will also benefit from unlimited wifi data at new hotspot locations and can connect automatically using the Telstra Air App.

Nine hotspots have been switched on in Hahndorf, Moana, Moonta Bay, Angaston, Beachport, Port MacDonnell, Victor Harbor, Tailem Bend and Kingscote. Another 51 hot spots are due to be rolled-out in the coming months. 

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