Category Archives: Traveling With Pets

Hyatt 48 Lex Launches New Package “Pets in the City”

Dread saying good-bye to Fido? The New “Pets in the City” package at the newly-built Hyatt 48 Lex allows guests to travel in style with their Dogs. “Pets in the City” showcases the hotel’s residential-feel and is a direct response to guest requests during the hotel’s inaugural year to allow four-legged companions to check-in.

“Since our opening in late-2011, we have discussed becoming a Dog-Friendly property” says Mark Wagner, General Manager of the hotel. “Our guests were consistently asking us to allow their small dogs in – for both leisure and business trips. After we bent the rules a bit during Hurricane-Sandy, we decided to change our policy once and for-all.”

Based upon availability, guests may enjoy the Pets in the City package starting February 1, 2013 as an ongoing policy (note there is a maximum number of rooms designated as dog-friendly). Pampered pooches will be welcomed with a doggie-bed, feeding bowl, and special treat at check-in. Guests are limited to no more than 2 dogs per suite, dogs must not exceed 35 lbs and of course, all dogs must be housebroken. The package includes a non-refundable cleaning fee of $50 per day. Nightly package rates start at $399.

For more information or to make reservations, phone 212.838.1234 or visit www.hyatt48lex.com or HY in the GDS.

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Brits Miss Their Pets More Than Family Members When On Holiday

Online pet retailer, Bonlays has recently seen a surge in sales for their Sherpa products. This has been connected to a recent survey conducted by travelsupermarket.com, which discovered that two in five of us Brits take our pets on holiday with us. Furthermore, the survey of 2,010 pet owners highlighted that 40% regularly check up on their pets when away.

Talking about the results of the survey, Travel Supermarket’s Bob Atkinson told the Press Association: “We all know that Brits love their pets and this research has found that many pet-owners are happy to admit we actually miss our furry friends more than we miss immediate family and friends when we are away.”

Other results the survey showed:
• 13% would rather go on holiday with their pet than their partner
• 10% would actually prefer to go on holiday with their pet rather than their children
• 47% miss their pet(s) more than family members when on holiday

Due to the popular demand of Sherpa designer pet carriers, Bonlays have extended their selection to include the Sherpa Pop Tote Dog Carrier. In the retailers collection of Sherpa products, Bonlays have seen a growing trend for the original deluxe pet carrier, which can suggest that more pet owners are looking for luxury items when transporting their pets.

Rob Doole, Managing Director of Bonlays said: “Sherpa, who work closely with airlines, were the first soft-sided pet carrier to be endorsed by major airlines such as American Airlines and Delta and continue to prevail as the leading source for pets on the go.

“With people wishing to go abroad with their pets over the summer season, we have experienced a great deal of interest in our Sherpa products. Due to the popular demand we have introduced a new product that we hope will be equally as popular with pet owners.”

Bonlays ethos is to care for pets as an important member of the family, ensuring they are always well feed, immaculately groomed and at the height of fashion. Through the popularity of the Sherpa collection, it can be said that this philosophy is shared as many pet owners are looking for luxurious products that will keep their pets in comfort and style.

Bonlays is one of the UK’s leading online pet shops that offers owners a selection of luxury products and designer accessories. Included in the store’s extensive range of quality dog and cat products is the Sherpa pet carrier range, which has proved to be a popular choice among travelling pet owners.

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ValueAirlines.com Emerges to Compete for Travel Rates of Major Travel Site Players

With competing travel companies fighting over customers traveling to the continental United States and the European seaboards, a new travel site has sets its sights on the far Orient to help travelers reach the steps of the Great Wall, the courtyards of the Angkor temples or the tropical forests of Vietnam by providing the lowest fares and the friendliest, most efficient service to its customers.

San Francisco based company ValueAirlines.com has made it a priority to help people save time and money in their travels by providing accurate and reliable information as well as comparable prices to those of Kayak, Fly.com, Tripadvisor.com and Mobissimo and offers travel services ranging from airline tickets and hotels to vacation packages, car rentals and cruises.

ValueAirlines.com compares the rates of over 400 low-cost airlines and over 300,000 of the best hotels. Not only does Value Airlines get the cheapest fares in Asia, but around the world as well, rivaling travel agencies that specialize in travel rates for Australia, South and North America as well as Europe and Africa. Value Airlines is celebrating the launch of their site and encourages all world travelers to take a quick tour of the site and compare what can only be described as highly economical fares.

As an online media company ValueAirlines.com does not sell tickets but is dedicated to simplifying consumers’ search, publishing great deals and also providing them with the best travel guides. For more information on our services visit Valuearlines.com or contact info@valueairlines.com.

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Jumeirah Essex House Announces Exclusive Canine Turndown Program

Jumeirah Essex House has announced the launch of the iconic hotel’s first ever Canine Turndown Program designed to pamper even the most discerning four-legged guests.

Jumeirah Essex House has partnered with doggie designer to the stars, Amy Kizer of the highly-acclaimed Wagwear New York City boutique, to create luxurious five-star canine amenities for North America’s leading hotel. Through this partnership and the hotel’s Canine Turndown Program, guests and their fine furry friends can indulge in the lap of luxury together.

Jumeirah Essex House in-room amenities are “A Dog’s Delight” and offered seven days a week, 365 day a year, and include:
– Wagwear dog bed or Wagwear “Tee Pee Hound Lounge” – a miniature pop-up tent with fleece-lined bed for the dog’s slumbering needs during the stay;
– Homemade dog treats created by the hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef;
– Wagwear food and water bowls accompanied by a matching placemat;
– An exclusive gift bag complete with a plush Jumeirah Essex House logoed fleece blanket (monogramming is available upon request);
– Stylish and colorful nylon Wagwear collars and leashes will be on loan for guests who may have forgotten theirs, or who just want their pup to have a new, chic look while they’re visiting the world’s fashion capital

With Central Park on the hotel’s doorstep, four-legged pooches can play and stay in style. Specialized doggie hospitality attendants will treat Rover and Fido to freshly-drawn water throughout the day and lay out their beautiful fleece blanket on the doggy bed should they desire a much deserved nap beside their owner after an exciting day of exploring New York City. Furthermore, the well-versed concierges at the hotel can share all of the insider information travelers need to know when bringing their pooch to the Big Apple, such as the best trails through the city’s best parks, New York City leash laws, nearby pet sitting facilities and 24-hour veterinarians. They can even recommend dog walkers for hire and pet boutiques who deliver to the hotel.

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Jumeirah Release Rescued Turtles

Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts along with The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation project has announced the successful return of 25 turtles back to the wild in Dubai on June the 8th 2010.

Jumeirah Release Rescued Turtles

The 25 lucky turtles which were released back to their natural habitat consisted of 2 Green Chelonia Mydas turtles and 23 critically endangered Hawksbill Eretmochelys Imbricata turtles.

The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation project evolved from a small-time operation to help with the occasional turtle stranding, but in 2009 alone over 68 turtles passed through the project and were released back into the sea. The latest turtles received several months of rehabilitation at Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah to ensure they were healthy prior to their release.

An ever-increasing local awareness of The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation project has led to progressively more and more turtles being received each year, especially the months from January through to April, when local waters can be down to 16C. Many of the turtles which pass through the project’s hands are due to the efforts of Emirates Marine Environmental Group and Dubai Municipality’s Environment Section, as well as contributions from individuals.

All the turtles that were released back into the wild have been fitted with flipper tags to help identify them. Moonlight, a 31 kilo Green turtle has also been fitted with a satellite tag sponsored by Burj Al Arab, and was named by the students of Year 1 at Dubai English Speaking School after winning the project’s naming competition.

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Travel Meta Search Portal Goes Live

AsianAirfares.com has launched a new flight search website that it claims simplifies price comparison and selection of time, dates and airlines. AsianAirfares.com makes it easier and faster for people to find information by gathering the most relevant travel results f r o m the biggest and best Airline and Travel Sites on the Internet.

Travel Meta Search Portal Goes Live

AsianAirfares.com and its subsidiaries (350 travel sites) is now one of the leading online Travel, Meta Search Engine with more than 250,000 visitors and more than 500,000 page views every month. Each day we bring the latest money saving specials and deals f r o m the travel industry. Our free low rate search and compare service offers the latest – low rates – on products ranging f r o m Airline TicketsHotelsVacation PackagesCruises and Car Rentals Around the World.

AsianAirfares.com is a Travel, containing a unique breadth and depth of products and services. Which means we search hundreds of sites f r o m all over World to provide the information to you in an easy-to-use display and send you directly to the source to make your purchase? More than any other comparison sites, we help you find the best and lowest Rates on Flights , Hotels , Cars ,Vacation Packages and Cruises . AsianAirfares.com will provide you with some of the best Travel deals in the Travel and Hospitality Industry.

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Jumeirah To Manage 5-Star Hotel In Bangkok

Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and member of Dubai Holding, has been appointed by Thailand’s Country Group to manage a luxury hotel in the heart of Bangkok. The management agreement was signed by Mr. Gerald Lawless, executive chairman of Jumeirah Group and Mr. Ben Taechaubol, managing director of Country Group, at a ceremony held recently in Bangkok.

Jumeirah To Manage 5-Star Hotel In Bangkok

The 305-room, five star luxury Jumeirah Bangkok will have a prime location on the legendary Chao Phraya River, close to the Sathorn Bridge and Bangkok’s Central Business District. With its 200-metre water frontage, the urban resort will be easily accessible from the expressway or by boat through in-house docking stations. The hotel is designed to offer a peaceful environment for business and leisure travelers in the middle of bustling Bangkok.

The concept for Jumeirah Bangkok was developed by the Singapore-based architectural firm Hamiltons International in conjunction with UK-based interior design firm, United Designs. The luxury hotel will form the iconic centerpiece of a mixed-use development that integrates international and local Thai styles.

Set to open in 2014, Jumeirah Bangkok offers stunning river views, a signature Talise spa, signature food and beverage outlets, retail units and an art gallery as well as a banquet and conference centre at the heart of which is a 1200msq ballroom looking out onto an array of immaculately designed gardens.

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Jumeirah Wins Major Travel Awards In The US And Europe

Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, has received four further awards from the travel industry.

Jumeirah Wins Major Travel Awards In The US And Europe

In the sixth edition of the ‘GT Tested’ Reader Survey conducted by Global Traveler magazine, Jumeirah was awarded Best Hotel in the Eastern United States for the Jumeirah Essex House hotel in New York City and Best Hotel Chain in the Middle East, with the latter award being won by Jumeirah for the second year in a row.

Readers of Global Traveler magazine are seen as American premium travellers, clocking up an average of 32 round-trip flights a year, with 96 percent travelling in first or business class regularly. Over 25,000 readers responded to this year’s survey.

Meanwhile, business travellers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland also recognised Jumeirah’s excellence with the group winning the title of the Best Hotel Group in the Middle East for the second year in a row and the Best Hotel in the Middle East for the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, keeping its title for a third consecutive year.

The two awards were handed to Ms Dagmar Woodward, General Manager of Jumeirah Frankfurt, which will open in September 2010, during a ceremony held in Frankfurt and organised by the German edition of Business Traveller magazine.

About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts are regarded as among the most luxurious and innovative in the world and have won numerous international travel and tourism awards.

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The Definitive Video Guide To Pet Travel

Stena Line, the leading ferry operator, is looking to woo pet owners with a brand-new step-by-step video guide on how to safely take pets on holiday by ferry to Holland, following a 13% year-on-year increase in the transportation of travellers’ pets on its North Sea route.

The short guide which appears on Stena Line’s website explains the legal and practical requirements of taking pets to Holland and then back into the UK.

Featuring dog owner Jason Towler and his Jack Russell Eddie, the video demystifies the government’s Pet Travel Scheme – or PETS for short – and explains the five prerequisites of taking a pet to Holland. Defra developed the scheme in 2000 to enable pets – specifically dogs, cats and ferrets – to re-enter Britain without quarantine.

Lars Olsson, Stena Line’s commercial manager for travel on the North Sea, said: “Having noted the increasing importance to our passengers of bringing their pets, Stena Line recognised the need for a simple guide which visually sets out the official governmental and logistical requirements of taking a pet dog or cat abroad.”

Stena Line has always catered for pet owners, offering onboard kennels and an area where the pets can walk. Its website also includes exclusive pet travel tips by animal behaviour specialist Dr Roger Mugford.

Olsson added: “We’re confident that the video format of the new guide and its step-by-step depiction of the procedure will help pet owners who were unsure of the process or even unaware of the possibility of taking pets to the Netherlands, either by ferry or at all. We’re also aware that it’s the required timeframe that confuses some pet owners, so we’ve made clear the simple but necessary preparation and timings that avoids any problems upon re-entry into the UK.”

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has simplified the process within the past few years and promoted its PETS travel scheme this summer. Stena Line’s guide aims to complement this and increase public awareness, increasing the growing trend for pets crossing the North Sea for a holiday.

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Best Western Hotels, Britain’s Biggest Independent Hotel Group, Has Gone To The Dogs – And It Couldn’t Be Happier About It

Tails are wagging with glee at Best Western Hotels across the UK as the group opens its doors with a fanfare of new features being introduced for man’s best friend in order to cope with the 150% increase in dog bookings seen over the past year.

Dogs at several hotels now have their own room service – tentatively titled ‘Groom’ Service – and even enjoy luxury fine dining f r o m their own in-house canine-menu, including delicious items like specially sourced marrow bone and select cuts of free range chicken and rump steak.

Best Western hotels have long been popular with dog owners and their pampered pooches but in the last 12 months the group has seen a huge increase in the number of dog owners seeking suitable accommodation for themselves and their loyal four-legged friends. As a result several hotels within the group, which has won awards for its Pet Friendliness, devised a number of canine-centric new features designed to make guest pooches feel even more pampered.

One of these is the inclusion of special dog-beds, available on request. Owners can now book a twin room with a bed for themselves and a custom doggy-divan for their canine companion. Doggie treats on the pillow and walks specially devised for those with short, medium and long legs are another special feature at the Best Western Monkbar hotel in York.

Pet friendly hotels, are dedicating rooms specifically for guests with dogs and other rooms which are never used to accommodate pets, plus investing in the latest vacuum cleaners designed specifically to cope with pet hairs. For example, one Leeds hotel, the Best Western Dower House, has four rooms with direct access to the hotel gardens.

June Nelsey, general manager of the Best Western Monkbar Hotel, said: “Many people cherish their pets as part of the family, as dog owners ourselves we understand that people don’t like to leave their pets at home and want their pet to have as good experience as they do while away.

“We even offer our seven year old Labrador to guests who miss their own pet and want a dog to walk. He has even had dog chews sent f r o m Australia and doggie gifts f r o m America to say thanks for a great holiday.”

Clarissa Baldwin, Chief Executive of Dogs Trust, said: “Dogs love a change of scenery just like anyone else so we are very pleased that dog-owners are increasingly choosing to holiday with their canine chums. Boarding kennels are not necessarily ideal for every pet and some, like the very old, very timid, or animals that have spent time in a Rehoming Centre may find it a stressful experience and, where possible, would be far happier joining you on your break.”

Best Western spokesman, Chris Webb, added: “There’s been a huge uptake of rooms by dog owners and their pets in the last 12 months. In order to accommodate this increase we are investing in lots of new features to make sure our guests, and their four-legged best friends, are well catered for. We want to make sure that the pooches tails are wagging as much at our hotels as they do at home.”

About Best Western Great Britain
Best Western Great Britain is part of Best Western International, the world’s largest hotel chain. Best Western currently has over 280 individual hotels in the UK. Each one is independently owned and managed, while being committed to the company’s common standards of quality, service and value.

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