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White Collar Travel Extra: Charles Hotel, Skype and the Business Traveler
Though the proliferation cell phones has made using the hotel phones unnecessary, the Skype-equipped stations still undermine a hotel revenue stream, which is tantamount to the hotel's announcing: "We'll take money out of our pocket to keep our guests happy.
The stations obviate the need for guests to lug around laptops and cameras and such, which would seem like a natural benefit to the business traveler. Of course, I toted mine around on most of my trips because of the business need, and I don't see many of that ilk dropping their laptops.
Of course, this is only one gesture from one hotel. If it works, however, it won't take long for the competition to notice – that's when we'll see it start to pop up everywhere.
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