Experts say the domesticated dog has been around for about 12,000 years. The domesticated cat? About 10,000 years. (Why did it take dogs longer? Insert your own joke here.) For as long as guest lodging has been around there have been cats and dogs accompanying travelers.
In recent history, dogs and cats have not always been welcome in hotels and resorts and for good reasons—of course the extra cleaning and maintenance being high on the list. In fact, according to the 2018 Lodging Survey, only 56 percent of participants said they allow pets. A good portion of those that do wisely charge an extra fee.
I thought about canines and felines this past week for a couple of reasons. First, the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, a luxury resort located in Santa Ana, N.M., announced its new “Compassionate Pet Leave” benefit for employees. Second, Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, a pet-centric, 40-room lodging option in Kanab, Utah, announced that it will open its doors to travelers—and their pets—on August 15, 2019. The new hotel is owned and operated by Best Friends Animal Society. The animal welfare organization does outreach nationwide with shelters, rescue groups and members to promote pet adoption, no-kill animal rescue, and spay-and-neuter practices.
‘Compassionate Pet Leave’
At the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, the new “Compassionate Pet Leave” benefit provides employees with paid leave in the event of a loss of a beloved pet. The benefit will be available to both full and part-time members of the team and will support one day of paid compassionate leave for the loss of a pet.
Last year, the resort rolled out a “Pawternity Leave” benefit for employees. Through the program, Tamaya team members who adopt a rescue dog or cat are eligible to receive two paid days off in order to spend the time acclimating their pet to its new home.
“As a pet friendly property, we know that losing a pet can be an extremely difficult time, and our new compassionate pet leave benefit will provide our team members with extra support during the grieving process,” says Jolene Mauer, Marketing Manager at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa.
For guests traveling with their dogs, the resort features several pet-friendly amenities. Guests receive a goody bag upon check-in that includes a dog bed, chef created treats, Hyatt-branded dog toys, and more. First floor rooms are also available that open to grassy areas designed for dogs to enjoy, as well as several nearby hiking trails.
Easy Access to Nearby Pet Sanctuary
At the Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, complimentary shuttle transportation will be provided to and from the organization’s nearby Sanctuary. There will be organized Best Friends member activities, including volunteer opportunities and pet sleepovers. Revenue from the Roadhouse will support Best Friends’ efforts to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats).
The Roadhouse features 30 regular rooms, eight suites, and two two-level suites, while the Mercantile houses reception, a common area space for guests, a complimentary vegan continental breakfast bar, and retail that includes Best Friends and Roadhouse branded merchandise as well as vegan grab-and-go items, beer, and wine.
Pet-friendly features include guestrooms outfitted with special fabrics and materials, pet introduction doors—a two-door entry that ensures the pet will not slip out, room furnishings built 18 inches or higher to avoid pet entrapment or accidents, nooks for sleeping featuring pet mattress, as well as communal complimentary pet washing stations and fenced-in park with a water feature, and pet walking services and sitting, upon arrangement.
“Every year more than 30,000 travelers visit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary,” said Brooks Bradbury, Director of Hospitality, Best Friends Animal Society. “These visitors need a lodging complex that will cater not only to them but pets, too, including those who travel with their own furry companions and others who might be considering adopting from our Sanctuary.”
Congratulations to the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa and Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile for being both pet and human friendly.
Got a hotel/pet story to tell? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Search on Our Website
Like other search engines you find online, a search using one word will produce articles with that word included. If you would like to search for something that is more than one word long—ozone laundry, for example—you will need to put quotation marks around the words or phrase. Ozone laundry would then be “ozone laundry” in the search.
Who is Your Sustainability Champion?
Green Lodging News is always looking to profile sustainability champions in our Personnel Profile section. If you would like to nominate someone for this section of Green Lodging News, contact me at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Looking for Guest Columnists
Every two weeks Green Lodging News posts a new guest column on its website. (Click here for examples.) The guest column also appears in the weekly e-newsletter. Green Lodging News is currently in need of industry experts to contribute occasional guest columns. Experts may include consultants, architects, designers, suppliers and those who own or operate green lodging establishments. Columns may be articles that take a stance on a particular subject or be strictly educational in nature. Columnists benefit by having their photo included along with a one paragraph description of their company. Interested in writing a column? Contact Glenn Hasek, publisher and editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get in the Green Suppliers Spotlight!
Green Lodging News, lodging’s leading environmental news source, announces the launch of Green Suppliers Spotlight, an e-blast to 18,538 subscribers that features the lodging industry’s leading green products and services. The e-blast features multiple vendors—unlike the current Green Supplier Spotlight that allows one supplier to “own” the Green Lodging News subscriber list for one e-blast. (Click here for a Green Suppliers Spotlight sample.)
Green Suppliers Spotlight is published weekly on Thursdays to general managers, owners, management companies, directors of sustainability, directors of engineering, facilities managers and many others who are either in purchasing positions or who influence purchasing decisions. Suppliers of green products and services throughout North America and beyond are invited to participate in the e-blast. (Minimum two suppliers per e-blast.) Green Suppliers Spotlight was created to give vendors an opportunity to reach a high number of industry purchasers at a very low cost—as low as $200 per e-mail. (Click here for rate sheet.)
Those advertising in Green Suppliers Spotlight can include up to 100 words, one image, contact information and multiple links to their website in their ad. At the end of each month, a report will be sent to each supplier with information on delivered e-mails, opens and click-throughs.
Planning Advertising for 2019?
Green Lodging News is accepting reservations for advertising spots for 2019. Many excellent spots are available on our new website and in the weekly e-mail newsletter. Many Green Supplier Spotlight dates are also available. Interested in receiving a 2019 media kit? Be sure to contact me as soon as possible at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at email@example.com. A media kit can also be accessed by clicking here. Thank you to all those companies that consistently support Green Lodging News.
Newsletter & Green Supplier Spotlight Circulation
The circulation of our weekly e-newsletter and Green Supplier Spotlight currently stands at 18,538. Thank you to our new subscribers for signing up. Be sure to encourage your colleagues to do the same. There are “subscribe” links on the Green Lodging News home page. You may also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our list.
Green Lodging News & Social Media
Green Lodging News now has 1,801 Twitter followers. Thank you to all of those who follow our tweets. In addition to following us on Twitter, be sure to bookmark the Green Lodging News Blog in your browser. More importantly, participate with your comments. Green Lodging News is also on Facebook. Be sure to “Like” us there. Green Lodging News now has 935 Facebook likes.
As always, I can be reached at email@example.com.