The morning newspaper placed outside of your hotel room door may become an anachronism. And that may not be such a bad thing.
increasingly kick the paper aside in favour of getting a digital dose of morning
news from their laptops or mobile devices, cash-strapped hotels have happily responded
by cutting back or eliminating the delivery of newspapers because it helps them
reduce costs — and appear more environmentally friendly. For me, the morning
newspaper, along with a cup of coffee, used to be a ritual, but now I’ll check
the news online and likely kick the newspaper aside (or put it in the recycle
bin) on my way out the door.
hotels in the US used to provide every guest with a free morning newspaper on
weekdays, whether they asked for it or not. Now the chain delivers 13 million
fewer newspapers per year than it did two years ago, after it adopted a policy
of delivering them only upon request. Marriott estimates that a newspaper
produces 0.5 pounds of carbon emissions, so its new policy keeps 10,350 tonnes
of carbon out of the atmosphere each year. Such policy changes are also taking
a toll on newspaper circulation numbers — according to Forbes, more than half of USA Today’s 1.78
million daily circulation consists of hotel copies.
chains in the US and around the world have not implemented broad initiatives
and instead leave newspaper delivery up to individual hotels. Most high-end brands
like Ritz-Carlton or Renaissance always deliver newspapers to guests who
request them at check in. But at mid-priced brands like Crowne Plaza or
Residence Inn, you might have to scurry down the hall to the elevator bank to
pick up a copy. And at less expensive brands like Holiday Inn Express, Best
Western or Fairfield Inn, newspapers are available in lobbies. Radisson Hotels only
delivers papers to those paying more expensive “business class” rates, but
makes them available to others in its hotel lobbies. Some other brands, like
Hilton Garden Inn, charge guests $.75 for newspaper delivery, a practice that
resulted in a recent lawsuit.
When the economy tanked in 2009, many upscale chains relaxed
newspaper delivery as a cost savings measure, allowing properties to make
newspapers available in lobbies, lounges and common areas. But as the outlook
brightens, pre-recession practices are returning at some chains. For example,
InterContinental Hotels and Resorts says that it will once again proactively
offer all guests a complimentary edition of a daily local language or
international language newspaper delivered each morning to their room starting
All of this
means that if you haven’t gone digital and still like the luxury of having a
newspaper at your doorstep each the morning, it’s something that you’ll need to
determine or request when you check in the hotel.
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the business travel columnist for BBC Travel