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June 6th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Longtime friend explains

‘no frills’ trend in

hotel room pricing


TODAY show host Matt Lauer, left, and Travel & Leisure International Editor Mark Orwoll are seen during Orwoll’s three minute segment on the TODAY show on Wednesday. Image captured from HDTV with ProCamera app on iPhone4s. © SGE, Inc.

 YOU MAY INDEED WONDER what is so remarkable about the three-minute interview the TODAY show’s Matt Lauer conducted Wednesday with Travel & Leisure International Editor Mark Orwoll.
They were discussing the new trend of “no frills” pricing in hotel rooms.
“The no-frills approach to life is a runaway train,” Lauer said in the introduction.
Why? he asked Orwoll.
“[Hotels] are trying to save on the bottom line,” said International Editor Orwoll. “This is a cost-conscious decision.”
Quite unremarkable.
Until you learn that Mr. Orwoll and I were journalism students together at San Diego State University in 1976.
In an email received from him at 5:21 a.m. today, he gave me permission to call him “my friend.”

T&L International Editor Mark Orwoll, longtime friend, appears on the TODAY show on Wednesday to discuss “no-frills” trends in hotel room pricing. Image captured from HDTV with ProCamera app on iPhone4s. © SGE, Inc.

SAY ANYTHING you want about me in your blog. I’m sure I’ve been called worse,” Orwoll wrote, his sense of humor still so sharp after almost 40 years.
Check out  Orwoll’s T&L November article The Rules to Bringing Carry On Luggage.
Below the image of Orwoll and Lauer on the screen was the title: “Perk-free getaways on the rise this summer.”
Expanding on this, Orwoll explained: “Over the last 10 years, the number of limited service hotel rooms has increased by 16 percent.”
Asked who would benefit – the hotel customers or the companies – Orwoll said hotel guests are unlikely to see any reduction in room rates.
“But they will be getting other amenities for free,” he said. “People really want free Wi-Fi parking and free breakfast…”
It’s as if he saw my post on Facebook on Sunday when I complained about the Holiday Inn in Mayfair, London charging the outrageous price of FIVE pounds per hour for Wi-Fi access.

THE BACKSTORY:
“I like Matt Lauer. [He’s] a pro,” Orwoll wrote in his email. “I’ve traveled with him and the crew several times over the past 10 or 12 years (Vegas, Cannes, Mykonos) and done studio segments many, many times. So I know him and all the sound and camera guys.”
Always on the go, the T&L senior editor was off to a not-so-exotic destination today.
“I’m on my way to Bismarck, ND, this morning to speak at a writers conference,” he wrote.
I am proud and honored to have a friend like Mark. He is a kind and generous man; he has provided wonderful counsel as I develop my skills as a travel writer.
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One Response  
  • Well traveled writes:
    June 7th, 2013

    This Orwoll guy knows his stuff. And he is so smooth on TV.
    Yes, mega corporations are risking their client base by charging EXTRA for everything.
    Just look at US airlines: they nickle and dime you to death, forcing you to use a credit card at 34,000 feet just to buy a beer! It is impossible to tell the REAL price of an air ticket these days … after all the add-on fees.
    Now the hotels are going in the same direction.
    AVOID them. Stay at a small B&B instead.
    It is much more fun … and far better value.


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