Traveler trends may mean the end for hotel minibars

New trends show travelers prefer socializing in hotel lobbies and surfing the web instead of opting to stay in their rooms alone and drink from the minibar.

Industry experts say the little fridges stocked with expensive snacks and booze cost hotels too much money to check and maintain.

In a recent survey by TripAdvisor, just 21 percent of travelers ranked the minibar as an important amenity. That's compared to 89 percent who called free in-room wi-fi and free parking the most important amenities.

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