Singapore on top in list of best-connected cities for wifi in cheap accommodation
Singapore is the best city in the world for budget travellers looking for wifi available in accommodation, according to a study by Hostelbookers.
The site looked at its database of 3,500 properties around the world to see which have wifi listed as a service for visitors, with South East Asian cities coming out on top compared to their fellow locations elsewhere.
Exactly 100% of properties in Singapore have wifi as a feature, although it is unclear what proportion of these provide the service for free.
Following Singapore were Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Siem Reap and Seoul, all with 97% or more properties having wifi as a service. Vienna, St Petersburg and Istanbul featured in the European list, with Santiago and Buenos Aires the only cities in the top ten in North or South America.
In terms of mobile bookings, analysis of booking data showed that being better-connected in a city didn’t necessarily correlate to the volume of bookings made via a mobile device at a country level.
Hostelbookers found that the country with the highest number of bookings made via a mobile was Italy (10%), following by Australia (8%) and USA (7%).
Here is an infographic (click for larger image):
NB: Hostel wifi image Shutterstock.
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