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Hotel ‘spiritual menu’ includes Book of Mormon

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Leave your Bhagavad-Gita at home while traveling out of town? If you're staying at a Provenance Hotel, you can get a copy of the ancient Hindu text for your room from a "spiritual menu" that includes the Quran, the Bible and other religious texts. Provenance Hotels is part of a new trend in the hospitality industry: appealing to visitors from a wide variety of cultural and religious backgrounds by going beyond tucking a Gideon Bible in guestroom nightstands. "One of the emerging things we started to hear on a regular basis from guests was a need for spiritual offerings other than just the Bible," said Howard Jacobs, chief operating officer for Provenance Hotels, based in Oregon. "In all of our cities there's a growing international draw. Within the U.S., there's so many people from other countries coming to work here or for leisure travel." Niki Leondakis, chief operating officer with Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants based in San Francisco, said the chain's 42 boutique hotels began to offer a range of spiritual texts in addition to the Bible nearly a year ago. Every hotel has at least four spiritual texts: the Old and New testaments, the Hebrew Bible, the Book of Mormon and Buddhist text. Many other hotels in the chain offer close to a dozen options.