"Visitors from abroad are very vociferous in demanding access to the Internet, which ought, they stress, to be free-of-charge," says Daniel Egloff, the director of Basel Tourism, “but this is something we can only achieve by restricting ourselves to equipping the locations most relevant for tourists”. Since January 2017, the city of Basel has been offering its visitors the possibility of surfing free-of-charge via the municipality’s own WLAN network. This is feasible thanks to a joint project by Basel Tourism, the IWB (Industrielle Werke Basel) and Network 41. The current nine hotspots (the network is being expanded all the time) include Exhibition Square.
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A new, valuable service is thus being offered to Basel’s growing number of overnight visitors. When they check in at their hotel, visitors are given access information and can then surf free-of-charge for the entire duration of their stay. They only need to register once by entering their access code at one of the hotspots. The Guest WiFi Basel landing page contains useful information about attractions, organised events and places for eating out. Given that the project is financed out of the tax levied on overnight stays, the network has so far only been available to visitors actually spending the night here.