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4 June 2012

Protea Hotels offers free Wi-Fi to guests nationwide

Every guest staying at a Protea Hotel or African Pride Hotels estabishment in South Africa will receive 100MB of free data transfer per day.

You can enjoy free Wi-Fi at the African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel in Cape Town You can enjoy free Wi-Fi at the African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel in Cape Town

When we travel we have to be connected, whether it’s to catch up with friends and family or deal with critical work emails. Both are equally important to guests, which is why we have introduced this value-add. - Nicholas Barenblatt, Protea Hospitality group marketing and advertising manager

Protea Hotels and African Pride Hotels have completed the roll-out of their free Wi-Fi network across South Africa.

Whether you’re at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains, fishing on Knysna Lagoon, or at on top of Table Mountain, you can now access the Internet for free if you're staying at one of their hotels.

The 100MB of free data a day at the more than 90 hotels across South Africa, will be welcomed by both leisure and business travellers in South Africa. Many hotels in South Africa still require guests to pay for Internet access, which is often a source of frustration.

Nicholas Barenblatt, Protea Hospitality group marketing and advertising manager, said the decision to offer free Wi-Fi at all its hotels in South Africa was because ‘modern guests were of the "always on" generation no matter where they were travelling for business and leisure’.

‘When we travel we have to be connected, whether it's to catch up with friends and family or deal with critical work emails. Both are equally important to guests, which is why we have introduced this value-add,’ he said.

He added that the free data service will help ensure that the group’s service and brand offering remained at the forefront of the hospitality industry. ‘We want to ensure we continue to anticipate, meet and exceed the needs of our guests,’ he added.

If guests use up their 100MB for the day, an option appears on their computer screens to purchase bundles of varying sizes. These are priced according to size.

The Protea Hospitality Group is the largest in hospitality group in Africa and has hotels spread across South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Nigeria and Kenya.