Using the internet on holiday


Within the last year, have you gone online at a travel destination? graph of japanese statisticsThis seems a rather appropriate survey to translate right now, as I’m on holiday and will be soon arriving at my hotel which according to its web page has free internet; and indeed it does, although you have to phone the front desk to get a password. This seems to be the favourite location for people to connect, according to this survey from goo Research and reported on by into travel and the internet.


Between the 18th and 20th of October 2011 1,095 members of the goo Research online monitor panel completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.7% of the sample were male, 16.4% in their teens, 18.0% in their twenties, 21.4% in their thirties, 16.3% in their forties, 15.6% in their fifties, and 12.3% aged sixty or older.

My usual way of connecting is of course at the hotel room, but others include coffee shops, as fortunately most countries other than Japan offer free wireless. Furthermore, as my overseas travel is to conferences, I of course use the conference wireless too. Last time I was in Hong Kong I even tried to use the wifi on the airport express train, but the only way to get an access code was to dial a special number for an SNS passcode, but my phone didn’t seem to work…

The article also notes that there was not a distinction made between whether people were connecting to the internet from the hotel via their own mobile phones or from computers set up in the hotel, and they thought that might make a good survey. I would add that they also ought to ask about who brings a netbook, notebook or a tablet with them on holiday.

Research results

Q1: Within the last year, have you connected to the internet at a domestic or overseas destination? (Sample size=1,095)

Yes (to SQ) 31.0%
No 39.0%
Not traveled within the last year 30.0%

Q1SQ: From where did you connect to the internet? (Sample size=339)

  Votes Percentage
Hotel, inn 257 75.8%
Railway station 111 32.7%
Restaurant, cafe, etc 109 32.2%
On the street 97 28.6%
Airport 77 22.7%
Other inside location 51 15.0%
Public park 29 8.6%
City hall, other public facilities 20 5.9%
Other 26 7.7%
Forgot 3 0.9%
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