New Zealand is ranked second worldwide for percentage of hotels offering internet access, according to a survey.
The United States came first in the survey of more than 700,000 hotels listed on hotel comparison website trivago, with 89 per cent of its hotels offering internet via wi-fi or ethernet cable.
New Zealand followed with 82 per cent and Romania came third with 78 per cent.
Australia was ranked surprisingly low at 16th with 66 per cent of hotels offering internet, trivago said.
Almost every hotel or motel I’ve encountered now has Internet access. That’s not the important stat to me.
The important stat is do they charge for it, and how much.
Sadly New Zealand is woeful there. Many hotels have a daily charge of around $40 for Internet access. That’s equal to $1,200 a month. When I travel overseas, generally the Internet access is free. I now just use tether to my mobile phone when travelling domestically, but I feel sorry for tourists who don’t have this option and may face such outrageous charges.