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Is it time for your digital detox?

Hotels are offering packages aimed at giving guests a break from their gadgets

While most of us grumble about the high cost of hotel wi-fi, or complain that there aren't enough sockets to charge all our different devices, some hotel guests are looking for a complete break from their gadgets.

As more workers try to evade the encroaching demands of the office during their holidays, ducking texts and emails, a number of hotels have started offering so-called ‘digital detox' holidays to help stressed workers relax and unwind.

According to the World Travel Market global trends report there has been a rise in the number of hotel "technology-free" packages, offering the chance to relinquish devices.

The report cites a hotel in Chicago which offers a "technology break" another in Washington DC which has a "Be Unplugged" package; and a hotel outside London that offers a "BlackBerry Creche".

Caroline Bremner, Euromonitor International Head of Travel and Tourism Research, said in a statement: "Offering a relaxing alternative for consumers to step off the relentless ‘digital' treadmill is another example of how hotels are filling a gap in the market and helping to boost their bottom line at a difficult economic time."

About Steve Ranger

Steve Ranger is the UK editor of TechRepublic, and has been writing about the impact of technology on people, business and culture for more than a decade. Before joining TechRepublic he was the editor of silicon.com.

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