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Author's profile photo Kalle Richert

Why doesn’t tourist attractions offer free Wi-Fi to promote themself in social media?

I started 2014 with visiting South Africa, a magic experience and if you like adventures, good wine and big tasty fillet steaks SA is the place for you.

When I visited Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned) I wanted to check-in on Facebook and post a picture. To my big surprise and disappointed, I couldn’t find fee Wi-Fi anywhere on the island so I couldn’t do it.

The next day we visited some vineyards to do some wine tasting. Once again, I couldn’t find a free Wi-Fi and couldn’t share anything to my social media network. Same thing happed when we did the shark cage diving in Gansbaai a couple of days later.

I can’t understand why tourists attractions don’t have free Wi-Fi so people can check-in on Facebook, Foursquare and other social media networks. Imagine if I and the thousands of other tourist that visit Robben Island each year would have been able to check-in on Robben Island and post pictures etc. It would be a good and low cost marketing channel for Robben Island.

I think many tourist attractions miss a good possibility here!


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