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  • Amenity Services Help Hotels Prep for Pets

    https://www.hotelbusiness.com/amenit...prep-for-pets/

    TUSTIN, CA—Guests believe their pets are people, too. In response, hotels are going all out with products and amenities for travelers with four-legged guests. Amenity Services’ Pawsitively Pet-Friendly division helps hoteliers put a program in place.
    “Hotels were initially challenged by the need to go pet-friendly, but often weren’t prepared, from designating outdoor relief areas to stocking the housekeeping necessities or front desk handouts,” said Sherri Scheck-Merrill, VP of product development at Amenity Services. “The tried-and-true necessities include multiple bed and bowl sizes, protective items such as waste bags and dog bowl mats to protect the carpeting, anxiety toys, door hangers to alert housekeepers about a pet occupant, organic treats (keeping in mind many pets have allergies), stain and odor solutions and items guests may have forgotten, such as spare leashes or collars.”
    Amenity Services can customize dog beds with hotel logos.
    Amenity Services can customize dog beds with hotel logos.

    According to Scheck-Merrill, the most sought after inquiries are for a “flushed-out program” where products were tested and approved by pet owners, property management and strategic sourcing departments at chain headquarters.

    “Hotels have tried to function from ground zero by following the footsteps of retail, which is a channel hotels should not be mirroring,” she said. “Preparing a hotel for a pet-friendly status exceeds the stocking of products on shelves. In fact, it’s why the Pawsitively Pet-Friendly Program launched first with a tutorial checklist consisting of discussion points and tips for management to conduct comprehensive meetings before taking the leap of faith required to act fluidly and safely as a pet-friendly hotel.”............
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