Host Marriott Services (NYSE: HMS) announced Friday that it is offering travelers in Florida [USA] convenient access to the information super highway — by adding a number of Internet access service terminals at its travel plaza locations along the Florida Turnpike.
The $1.4 billion (US$) food, beverage and retail concessionaire said it has teamed up with Get2Net, a public Internet access network, to place Internet access terminals at a travel plaza near Orlando, Florida. Plans are also in the works to install the services at additional Florida locations: West Palm, Pompano and Turkey Lake areas, by year’s end.
On the Road and Need an Online Fix?
The Interent terminals aim to provide both business and vacationing travelers ways to access their e-mail, contact customers, manage accounts, shop for last second gifts, or just plain browse the Web.
Host Marriot and Get2Net have similar Internet access services in travel plazas in Maryland and New Jersey and at airports in Boston, Chicago, Washington, Charlotte, New York and Newark.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to offer our travelers such an innovative Internet concept here at our travel plaza locations,” said Host Marriott VP, John Weiss of the Florida terminals.
Access Made Easier For A Public On The Go
Get2Net already has Internet stations in busy public areas across the U.S, from the thin air of the Rockies at Denver International Airport to the salty brine air at Boston’s Logan Airport. The company says it has established strategic alliances with a number of Fortune 100 corporations, and is one of the leaders in public Internet access.
There are some 7,000 public terminals across the nation. Over 4,000 of them are situated in cyber cafes, 2,000 more in hotel rooms and lobbies and another 1,000 in airports. In a country whose citizens are on the move as much as the Energizer Bunny, the demand for, and presence of Internet access terminals has mushroomed in recent years.
The astronomical increase in Internet use and corresponding growth of business travel make a compelling case for the continued expansion of public Internet access stations. Worldwide Internet users are estimated to be in the neighborhood of 100 million and increasing dramatically.
Airline business trips in the U.S. alone have doubled to nearly 300 million since 1975. As the current economy climbs relentlessly and stretches globally, these statistics seem primed to continue their upward swing. Over 2.5 million people pass through airports in the U.S. every day. Many, no doubt, too busy to shop at a brick-and-mortar store and ready to make an online purchase at the touch of a button.