Traveling With Pets

Author: , September 12th, 2014

Pet TravelHotels and resorts across the United States are constantly amping up their amenities (VIP services, complimentary happy hours, special in-room dining menus) to provide more comfortable stays for their overnight guests. Of course, nowadays, when we say “guests,” we mean all guests, including those members of the family who have four legs and cute names. Guests that require a leash and walking services, check-in treats, and frequent praise. If you haven’t already noticed, pets are traveling now more than ever, and it’s only a matter of time before pet programs become an industry standard in hotels across the US.

According to the Humane Society, pet ownership in the US has more than tripled since the 1970s when there were approximately 67 million households that pet owned. As of 2012, there were 164 million pets owned, reflecting the fact that a whopping 62 percent of Americans have at least one animal. According to the Travel Industry Association, 30 million of these Americans travel with their pets every year.

Pet owners (particularly dog owners) are taking advantage of pampering pet hospitality, because hotels are asking them to. In fact, hotels are taking the extra step to pamper Fido with pet-friendly room service, welcome gifts, and even massages, knowing that our furry little friends are part of the family too and just as important as the one who’s paying the final bill.

By Jimmy Im – Full Story at Passport