Wilpena Pound, Kangaroo Island and Coffin Bay are among 60 key tourism sites about to switch-on a free Wi-Fi 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 SA.
“We know people want to be able to locate our restaurants, use maps and share their experiences and happy snaps online, in real time,” Mr Ridgway said.
“Technology is transforming tourism and we want to use it to produce social and economic benefits for SA.”
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,” he said.
“A picture is worth a thousand words and #SeeSouthAustralia is quickly becoming a global resource where people plan their holidays, recreate images or share their experiences with their friends.” Mr Harrex said.
Telstra’s South Australian Area General Manager Mark Bolton said the increased connectivity was especially exciting for regional destinations.
“Mobile-first travellers are bolder and braver, letting their smartphone help decide where to stay, what to eat and where to visit - leading them new areas and further afield than ever before,” Mr Bolton said.
“Telstra is proud to be partnering with the South Australian Tourism Commission to bring world-class experiences to the thousands of travellers who visit South Australia every year.”
The 60 hotspots will work with Telstra Air, Australia’s largest Wi-Fi network. Existing Telstra Air customers will also benefit from unlimited Wi-Fi data at new hotspot locations and can connect automatically using the Telstra Air App.
Nine hotspots have already 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.
Once the rollout is completed, visitors and locals will be encouraged to get out to the regions and use the new Wi-Fi service to share their travels using #SeeSouthAustralia.
To view the Wi-Fi hotspot locations, click here.