US companies spend a combined $7.3+ billion annually to allow business travelers paying to stay connected while they travel, according to global research release today from Amba Hotels, hotels for the discerning business traveler. The average US business traveler spends $15.10 on Wi-Fi and roaming charges on each trip.
When it comes to Wi-Fi charges, it appears that hotels and airports are the worst offenders, with some charging up to $26 for 24 hours. Having to pay for Wi-Fi services also impacts the efficiency of the working day with two thirds (67 percent) of US business travelers regularly unable to work efficiently due to slow or unreliable Wi-Fi connections. For example, 39 percent have been unable to join a work call or videoconferencing meeting, fourteen percent have missed an important work deadline and more than half (55 percent) have felt the impact on their personal lives after being unable to contact friends and family.
To help travelers avoid the frustration of feeling disconnected or having to pay additional fees that add up quickly for a their employer – or themselves – Amba Hotels is the only location offering completely free, high-speed Wi-Fi to all patrons.
Primetime TV and radio host, keynote speaker, best-selling author and global business celebrity Jeffrey Hayzlett said, "In today's 'always on' world, fast, free, reliable Wi-Fi is a non-negotiable for modern business travellers. With airlines and rail companies investing in Wi-Fi on board and international roaming charges falling dramatically, it's inexcusable to keep charging exorbitant rates for patchy Wi-Fi connections. I'm pleased to see that Amba Hotels is championing fast, free Wi-Fi and hope their competitors follow their lead. The impact of doing so will positively impact the bottom line, not to mention the general well-being of travelers around the globe."
The Amba Hotels research found travelers to/in other markets face the same dilemma; the overall cost of Wi-Fi to businesses globally and in key business travel markets:
- US – $7.3 billion annually (average spend $15.10 per trip)
- UK – £371 million annually (average spend £16.30 per trip)
- France – €232 million annually (average spend €22.10 per trip)
- Germany – €3.6 billion annually (average spend €21.10 per trip)
Research was carried out by Gabriel Research & Management Ltd in the UK, USA, France, and Germany, from the 19-25 January 2015 with 750 respondents per country.