Thousand Trails Offering Free Wi-Fi
Keeping pace with an industrywide trend, Thousand Trails/Leisure Time Resorts is now offering free Wi-Fi service at 57 of the 59 parks in its system – primarily from an on-site family or adult lodge, although some parks have it available at campsites near the lodge.
“Our goal is to have Wi-Fi service available at every preserve, but we have two locations, Paradise and Cascade, where this is proving difficult,” said CEO Joe McAdams in the July issue of the network’s Trailblazer magazine. “This is mostly because trees are interfering with the signal. Of course, we don’t want to cut down any trees, so we are working with our service provider to see if there is another solution.”
McAdams noted that some preserves have been experiencing service overloads, so they’re considering the installation of pay-to-use systems at those locations. However, he emphasized that Thousand Trails wants to continue to offer the service free of charge whenever possible.
“Anne Boorman at the St. Clair Preserve said her lodge looks like an Internet café on most days, with chair after chair occupied by someone with a laptop,” said McAdams. “Even at the adjoining pool area, she sees folks bringing their laptops to catch up on news or e-mails as they soak up the sun.”
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