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Nightstand Bibles Lose Their Popularity

News Religious materials and nightstand Bibles have been usual in so many hotels, especially in the United States. However, hotel owners tend to ditch holy books and offer more modern amenities instead.

According to the study conducted by two big companies – the American Hotel and Lodging Association and STR Global – the Bible disappears from hotel guestrooms, even in the US. A decade ago nearly all American hotels (95%) had the Bible or other religious materials included in their guestrooms. This year, the number of such hotels has decreased significantly to 79%. As these days hotels have to deal with increased competition because of constantly growing hotel supply and other challenges like raising popularity of Airbnb, they prefer to look more appealing to the modern customer – millennials, workaholics or travelers from Asian countries. As surveys among these groups state, travelers do not require holy books in their guestrooms, but a guestroom without Wi-Fi would be unthinkable for them. As many as 98% of the 8,000 respondents say wireless internet is a must for them. This is 82% higher than a decade ago.

Some hotels keep struggling, for example, Trump Hotels. The Donald Trump’s hotel right across the White House offers Bibles and a printed note that tells guests that the Gita, Talmud and Quran are available from the hotel staff by request. An interesting fact – out of all hotels those that are located in airports are the least likely to have Bibles included.


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