Published on Thursday, August 21, 2014

Travelodge under fire for removing bibles from rooms



Budget hotel chain Travelodge has been taking flak for its decision to remove bibles from all rooms, citing reasons of 'diversity'.

Travelodge, which has over 500 properties nationwide, has been gradually removing bibles from guest bedrooms and now only provides them for guests to borrow from reception.

A Travelodge spokesman said the decision was based on customer research and the 'fact that we live in a multi-cultural society'.

The hotel chain said the decision was taken back in 2007 and has been 'gradually implemented' over the following years.

Travelodge said guests can request a copy of the bible at a Travelodge hotel reception.

The policy has been described as 'tragic and bizarre' by Church of England officials.

Recently the US Navy overturned an earlier decision to remove Gideon Bibles from Navy base lodges and guest rooms after a backlash from Christian groups.

It had been asked to remove bibles from rooms by atheist organisation Freedom from Religion Foundation.

FFRF also wants to see 'bible-free' rooms at privately run hotels and motels.

 



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The recent insolvency of Low Cost Travel Group, one of the large players in the travel industry had a big impact on the travelers, hotels and all related players from both wholesale & retail arms. There were about 27,000 people on a holiday who had booked through the company comprised of a €200 million wholesale arm and €500 million OTA / retail arm.

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