September 20 2010 by Chris McGinnis
Though Best Westerns in the U.S. provide complimentary USA Today's in the lobby (in Canada, though the newspaper choice varies, one is always available), more and more business travelers are getting their news online from laptops and/or mobile devices. And according to a recent article from the Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank. people are increasingly likely to bypass those hard copies as they head out to begin their day.
The trend away from newspaper delivery to every hotel room door--something Best Western has done for years, with more and more hotel chains following suit--is not only environmentally sound, but it helps hotels keep costs (and therefore, rates) down, as well.
A lot of this has to do with the increasing ease and ubiquity of Internet access, and it's happening faster now that more chains are following Best Western's lead in offering free Wi-Fi access in 100% of its North American properties. (Best Western started this trend way back in 2004.)
What do you think? Where do you get your news when you're on the road...newspapers, car radio, TV or online? Is that changing?
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