Shangri-La launches free in-car WiFi access
Move was "next step" after launch of free WiFi at all hotels in 2009
Asian operator Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has launched a free WiFi service in limousines so that guests.
Guests using the chauffered cars offered by Shangri-La and its brands Traders and Kerry Hotels can now access the internet using their mobile devices while on the move.
In 2009, Shangri-La was the first international luxury hotel group to provide free Internet access at all its 78 properties.
“Extending free Wi-Fi service to the limousines was a natural step to take after offering it at all our hotels. Connectivity is a vital part of the Shangri-La experience, and complimentary Internet access has become one of our signature standards,” said Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts president and chief executive officer Greg Dogan.
Since Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong introduced complimentary WiFi in hotel cars in February 2010, the initiative has been rolled out at 72 hotels – most recently in the new Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto’s R and S class Mercedes-Benz.
By the end of 2013, free Internet access will be available in the limousines of 82 of the group’s hotels.
Properties opening in London, Istanbul and Doha, as well as in Shanghai, Qufu and Sanya in China are among the new hotels that will offer Wi-Fi in their fleet of hotel cars.
Furthermore, in Taipei, arriving guests who are chauffeured to Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel are welcomed via FaceTime, while commuters using Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou’s shuttle can enjoy free Internet en route.
At Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, guests can flip through an iPad that provides information about the hotel’s surrounds and the Lion City.