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Marriott makes newspapers optional for guests
Yahoo news ^ | Robert MacMillan and Deepa Seetharaman

Posted on 04/14/2009 5:19:57 AM PDT by prismsinc

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Many U.S. hotel chains like to offer USA Today, The Wall Street Journal or their local newspaper as a courtesy to guests. Marriott International Inc will offer a different courtesy: no paper at all.

Marriott said on Monday that it will stop dropping daily papers automatically at its guests' doors. Now, it will offer them a choice of papers or, if they want, no paper at all.

Based on preliminary data, Marriott projects that this will reduce newspaper distribution by about 50,000 copies daily, or 18 million annually.

Beginning June 1, guests at the company's full-service hotels who opt to receive a newspaper can choose between USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and local city dailies.

This likely would affect USA Today more than any other paper. It is the largest U.S. daily by circulation, and derives a good portion of its readership from travelers who can pick up the same paper all across the country, much like the Journal or the New York Times Co's flagship paper.

A spokeswoman for Gannett Co Inc, USA Today's parent company, was not immediately available for comment.

Wall Street Journal spokesman Robert Christie declined to speculate on what Marriott's move would mean for the paper, but said that it would likely affect only a small number of copies. The Journal is owned by Dow Jones & Co, a unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Marriott's move reflects a wider trend across the United States. Newspapers circulation is falling as people turn to the Internet to get news for free instead of paying for it in print. New circulation figures out later this month are expected to show a continuing deterioration in circulation.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gannett; marriot; usatoday; wsj
BWAAAAHAAAAAHAAHAHAHA! Al Gore helps to kill the newspaper business!
1 posted on 04/14/2009 5:19:57 AM PDT by prismsinc
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To: prismsinc

Marriot is very environmentally friendly (or should we say: finding ways to cut costs pitched as environmentally friendly?). You have to throw your towels on the floor to get clean ones in bathrooms where towels never dry because the vent fans are either disabled or nonexistent...


2 posted on 04/14/2009 5:24:28 AM PDT by TaxRelief (Walmart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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To: prismsinc

Typical sequence of events for a USA Today when I find it outside my hotel room door. Pick up paper and briefly glance at headlines, place paper on desk. Do whatever I am doing for the day. In the evening move paper to the wastebasket to make way for the next day’s paper.

I will spend some time with the WSJ if it shows up.


3 posted on 04/14/2009 5:28:23 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo (Earth - Taking care of itself since 4.6 billion BC)
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To: NewHampshireDuo; All

When checking into Hampton Inn, for example, you can already check a box to receive no USA Today and get 75 cents off each day on your bill. (Hampton Inn’s fine print is in upper right, IIRC.)

I always do this, but the staff often don’t even realize that box is there, leading me to believe that many others aren’t already taking advantage of the chance to keep money instead of giving it to Gannett!


4 posted on 04/14/2009 5:33:17 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: prismsinc

I stay at the Marriott quite a bit and am a Silver Elite member and have been signed up for the WSJ for three years and have NEVER gotten the damned thing. They ask you what paper you’d like and then ignore your choice. Every morning it’s USA Today. I’ve stopped picking it up and throwing it away, I now just step over it in the morning.


5 posted on 04/14/2009 5:39:26 AM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: prismsinc; george76; abb; Milhous; BOBTHENAILER

Since the Clintoon days, I have informed the front desk of any motel, hotel, inn, lodge, or resort as I check in two things:

A. I don’t want USA LIES TODAY.

B. I want the cost of the fishwrap deducted from my bill as I know it isn’t free.


6 posted on 04/14/2009 5:57:28 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does 0B0Z0 have any friends, who are not criminals, foreign/domestic terrorists, or tax cheats?)
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To: prismsinc

The USA Today, America’s most SHALLOW paper, is good to have, in case the toilet paper runs out!


7 posted on 04/14/2009 5:58:45 AM PDT by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: TaxRelief
Last weekend I stayed in Palomar LA.Same policy about the towels.When I asked person at the front desk why no coffeemakers in the room, his response was “you have to ask for one”.Regarding newspapers,only few at the front desk.Next logical step-we have to ask for toilet paper:-)))
8 posted on 04/14/2009 6:02:15 AM PDT by QQQQ
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To: NewHampshireDuo
Typical sequence of events for a USA Today

The Friday Sports Section isn't bad during football season.

ML/NJ

9 posted on 04/14/2009 6:07:59 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: prismsinc

A better option for hotels, that might even help their bottom line while improving their business atmosphere, is already being done to some extent in high volume medical waiting rooms.

It is a wide screen TV with a looping morning news and information program and live feed on it. Those I’ve seen use the Reuters news feed.

Thus, the hotel chain could set up a small TV studio to record its chain wide broadcasts, then torrent them to all their franchises late at night for the next day.

The idea would be to encourage people to leave their rooms and come to the hotels lounge and restaurant for breakfast, yet get higher quality news than they could get on their room television.

The chain might even hire a news web-surfer to find news not carried by the news wires or major news sources, then plug in a headline and a web link.


10 posted on 04/14/2009 6:19:40 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: prismsinc

Another contribution to the MSM/Dinosaur death watch!


11 posted on 04/14/2009 6:19:58 AM PDT by TMA62 (TMA62)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Yeah, all that, or people could just use the wireless internet in their rooms if they were that worried about news.


12 posted on 04/14/2009 6:56:28 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: Grampa Dave

Good news.

50,000 copies daily, or 18 million annually.

would affect USA Today more than any other paper.


13 posted on 04/14/2009 7:04:07 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Grampa Dave
I want the cost of the fishwrap deducted from my bill as I know it isn’t free.

Do they oblige?

14 posted on 04/14/2009 7:07:51 AM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: prismsinc

Thank God Marriot is taking steps to put that paper out of business. USA Today is one of the most blatantly left-wing papers I have read. And reading the thing only requires maybe a grade level above the Weekly Reader.


15 posted on 04/14/2009 7:13:01 AM PDT by Fast Ed97
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To: stevio

About 50% of the hotels/motels will deduct 25 cents to 50 cents per day.


16 posted on 04/14/2009 7:16:29 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does 0B0Z0 have any friends, who are not criminals, foreign/domestic terrorists, or tax cheats?)
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To: stevio; Gondring

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2228686/posts?page=4#4

When checking into Hampton Inn, for example, you can already check a box to receive no USA Today and get 75 cents off each day on your bill. (Hampton Inn’s fine print is in upper right, IIRC.)

I always do this, but the staff often don’t even realize that box is there, leading me to believe that many others aren’t already taking advantage of the chance to keep money instead of giving it to Gannett!

4 posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:33:17 AM by Gondring


17 posted on 04/14/2009 7:20:08 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does 0B0Z0 have any friends, who are not criminals, foreign/domestic terrorists, or tax cheats?)
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To: Grampa Dave

Hmmm. If anything, it hassles them a little for carrying these liberal rags. I’ll remember this. Thanks.


18 posted on 04/14/2009 7:21:39 AM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: stevio

“Hmmm. If anything, it hassles them a little for carrying these liberal rags. I’ll remember this. Thanks!”

My wife doesn’t want to go in for the check ins for that reason and my usual haggling re a reduction in price is the parking lot is basically empty.


19 posted on 04/14/2009 7:29:03 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does 0B0Z0 have any friends, who are not criminals, foreign/domestic terrorists, or tax cheats?)
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Save a tree. Say bu-bye to the New York Times and LA Times.
Who cares?

All news fit to read is on the Internet (right here on FReeper) or Fox News. Anything else is old hat.

20 posted on 04/14/2009 7:42:12 AM PDT by NoRedTape
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To: pgkdan
Every morning it's USA Today. I've stopped picking it up and throwing it away, I now just step over it in the morning.
SeeBS says that USA Today is "the nation's doormat" so you may as well to put it to good use by actually wiping your shoes on it. (Unless you think it'll make your shoes even dirtier.)
21 posted on 04/14/2009 8:25:59 AM PDT by Milhous (Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.)
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To: TaxRelief

I am a HUGE fan of Marriott and have been since the 1970s...they have always in my mind and opinion been the standard for which all hotels should follow.

However, 2 recent stays for business at major Marriott hotels have shown that the service was Grade F and the accomodations were weak...really really weak.

So depressing to see my favorite chain fall into the dumps like this.

One of the best hotels you could ever stay at is the Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. When they did their renovation they tried to make it more “Euro-friendly”. Ugh...I can’t begin to tell you how depressed I became when I stayed there last time.


22 posted on 04/14/2009 8:32:57 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache (An oath to a liar is no oath at all)
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To: pgkdan

Ditto here. Silver as well. Get this...my company sent me away on business and booked me through Expedia...5 night stay. I put my rewards number on the stay when I checked in and the others who stayed under the reservation as well...also..all food...room service..bar tabs...etc...everything that was paid to the hotel was to get me points earned for it.

Weeks went by and nothing showed up on my account for points.

Marriott told me “because you booked your entire trip through Expedia and not the Marriott web site...you are not entitled to one single point”

The entire bill for all of us was $4k.

This year has really pissed me off with Marriott...REALLY pissed me off. I always ask on purpose for us to be booked at Marriott hotels if there is a conference. Now...I am not going to speak up at all. Felt totally ripped off.


23 posted on 04/14/2009 8:37:19 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache (An oath to a liar is no oath at all)
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To: SoothingDave

Wireless Internet alone isn’t much without news aggregation. That is, you can get the news, but for most people, they have to spend so much time surfing to do so, that hours are burnt up.

The principle is kind of “We surf so you don’t have to”, and it may eventually become a saving grace to newspapers as well.


24 posted on 04/14/2009 8:40:33 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: My Favorite Headache

That would REALLY piss me off! If I were you I’d keep working my way upline complaining until I got those points.


25 posted on 04/14/2009 8:47:11 AM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Twitter Search indicates breaking news as Trending topics my FRiend. You see plane crashes, natural disasters, computer virus, sporting events, and all the rest reported real time by people directly involved. Twitter's advanced search includes a handy locality filter that enables you to easily focus on "at the scene" reports while ignoring news from ad libbing "talking head" celebrity authoritarians who make it up as they go.

OTOH Twitter's trending depth comes up a bit short as it lists only the top 10 most popular words/phrases. Too often you see stupid peeing contests between tweeps trying to make their own favorite "hobby horse" topic "king of the hill." And of course human nature ensures endless idle gossip about nothing.

All of the above provides a golden age for analytic journalists willing to admit their own bias. IMHO journalists ought to find new media infinitely more interesting than churning out homogeneous mostly left of center pablum that currently passes as mainstream news.
26 posted on 04/14/2009 9:34:56 AM PDT by Milhous (Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.)
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