I can’t think of the last time I stayed in a Marriott hotel, and according to this next story, that’s a good thing — unless one happens to want to disappear from social media and the internet in general. The Gayland Opryland Nashville resort, which is run by Marriott, recently got busted for a cute little scam involving making it impossible to stay connected to WiFi, even hotspots.
Like all conference centers, the Marriott charges exhibitors and organizers for WiFi. This might seem strange, given that hotel guests generally get free Internet access, but trade shows and conferences are a whole different story — Marriott’s free WiFi doesn’t extend to conference or meeting rooms. Hotels rake in money by charging for access, which organizers and exhibitors pay because everyone needs or wants to be connected while making presentations, updating social media, networking, etc. But these days, savvy guests and organizers can bypass those restrictions using 4G LTE networks and portable hotspots.