Save on your hotel stay – if you can give up your mobile phones

Travel Wire Asia
By Travel Wire Asia February 19, 2018 05:25

Save on your hotel stay – if you can give up your mobile phones

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WHEN Tim Berners Lee introduced the Internet to the world to back in the ’80s, nobody could have predicted the impact it would have on society.

Now, in the 21st century, we can carry fully functional computers and the world wide web around with us all day long, in the form of mobile phones.

Staying connected has never been so easy but is it always a good thing, especially when you’re supposed to be spending quality time with your family?

Of course, it is handy for keeping on top of emails, quick online banking, making tour reservations and updating followers on your trip. But this connectivity obsession forces individuals to forget about enjoying the physical world around them. Worse still, it makes those around the online-addicts feel isolated.

However, one hotel group is trying to change this by offering families a discount if they promise to unplug on their holidays.

Later this month, Wyndham Hotels will launch a program that gives traveling families a discount in exchange for locking away their phones.

According to the hotel group, 54 percent of children believe their parents check their phones “too often” and 32 percent said they feel “unimportant” when their parents are distracted by screens.

A separate report by Expedia revealed the average time spent on social media while on a one-week vacation was nine hours.

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Out of the 2,000 study participants, nearly half of them admitted to missing out on “vital holiday experiences because of time spent on social media” and 44 percent of them felt that “social media ruined their holiday experience”.

However, Wyndham wants to put a stop to these self-inflicted missed opportunities.

“We saw parents hopping on a quick conference call in the lobby, and some hotels have had to order extra pool chairs because guests are swimming less and swiping more,” Noelle Nicolai, who developed the Wyndham initiative, told Travel + Leisure.

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This discount on offer is for families who opt for the “Reconnected” program. This is available at Clearwater Beach, Orlando Bonnet Creek, Chicago Riverfront, Hotel Galvez and The Mills House, all of which are part of the Wyndham Grand hotels brand.

The package provides guests with a safe lock box, operated by a timer that all smartphones are to be placed in. Families can also take full advantage of the Instax camera as part of the program which develops photos as they are taken.

The family fun doesn’t stop at bedtime either. The “Reconnected” program provides guests with a late-night “Bedtime Brigade” room service menu which families can share while reading stories in the pre-built blanket fort, provided by the hotel.

This package is available from Feb 23 until Sept 3, subject to availability. So get your family trip booked in early.

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Travel Wire Asia
By Travel Wire Asia February 19, 2018 05:25
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