Ctrip announced that will it provide free WiFi service to travelers who take part in outbound package tours or semi-self-service tours run by the online traveling giant. Ctrip predicted that nearly 1 million outbound travelers will be able to enjoy this service per year.

The service is now available for tourism destinations in more than 100 countries and regions, including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Australia, the U.S., Southeast Asia and most parts of Europe. Travelers started their journey from Shanghai, Beijing, Guangdong, Zhejiang and Jiangsu will be the first group of tourists to enjoy this service.

The tour guides will carry one WiFi device for every five tourists who can use the WiFi coverage during their trips. Ctrip will invest over 10 million yuan (US$1.62 milion) in the procurement of WiFi equipment and relevant services, and the company pledged that no extra fees will be imposed on customers. Ctrip added that market price for outbound travelers to rent WiFi equipment is between 50 yuan to 70 yuan per person per day.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.