June 17, 2013

Struth! Knocking off your hotel

IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says an amazing 35% of hotel guests globally, admit they have more in their luggage when they leave their hotel, than when they entered it.

The 2013 Hotel.com Amenities Survey asked 8,600 guests around the world if they had ever taken anything – other than those little shampoos and other toiletries that we all know are deliberately put there for the taking (and in Aussies' cases, Vegemite portions – sachets – from the dining room tables as well.)

Those from Denmark came out tops amongst the 29 nationalities surveyed, with just 12% admitting that Yes, they'd pinched something during a hotel stay. Those from the Netherlands were second-most honest, Norway third and Brazil, Canada and Hong Kong equal fourth.

Aussies came in equal-19th with Germany, with 28 per cent of us saying we'd taken  hotel property away with us after a stay, while a tad more New Zealanders (27%) were more honest guests.

The most light-fingered of all, according to the survey, were guests from Colombia: an amazing 57% admitting to knocking-off stuff from their rooms or hotel public areas during a stay.

Most commonly-lifted items were books and magazines from lounges, lobbies and reading rooms, followed by bed-sheets, pillows and towels from guest rooms… with the Chinese showing they obviously had the most spacious of all suitcases, which they happily filled with not only linens and towels, but hotel bedside lamps, room clocks, radios, and even art off the walls.

And the least stolen? Gideons' Bibles.

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