Best Western Adds Pet-Friendly Tips, Search Tool to ‘Trip Planner’ Area of Website

Interactive Features, Hotels That Welcome Special Member of Family Available at Bestwestern.com

PHOENIX, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ — Best Western International makes traveling anywhere with the family pet more cost-effective and hassle-free. The hotel chain, which welcomes pets at approximately 1,200 Best Western properties in North America, recently launched a new feature page on the ‘Trip Planner’ section of its website, www.bestwestern.com, providing guests with a variety of pet travel tips and interactive offerings. Important information on planning and packing for your trip, feeding your pet on the road, as well as rewarding your special companion during the journey, is included at http://www.bestwestern.com/tripplanner/travelwithpets.asp.

In addition, the website features a Pet Poll, where visitors can indicate the types of pets that join them away from home. Guests also are encouraged to submit photos of Best Western stays with their treasured companions for possible inclusion in an upcoming Pet Traveler photo gallery on the website.

With the click of a mouse, guests can also find a room for ‘Fido’ as easily as they can find a hotel with a pool or fitness center. Visitors to the website can access a list of pet-friendly hotels around the globe, along with information on each property’s pet policy. Specific details included range from restrictions on the number and types of animals accepted, to required deposits, if any.

In a recent survey conducted by the American Animal Hospital Association, nearly 85 percent of pet owners think of their pet as a child or member of the family. With 69 million U.S. households alone having at least one pet, more and more of our furry friends are traveling with their owners. Currently, more than 1,900 Best Western hotels around the world welcome pets.

“The family is at the heart of our business,” said Dorothy Dowling, senior vice president of marketing for Best Western International. “Today more than ever, the definition of family is becoming quite diverse. For our guests whose families include a cherished pet, we’re proud to introduce this service, and to provide every one of our customers with a quality travel experience.”

About Best Western International

Best Western International is THE WORLD’S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN(R) with more than 4,100 hotels in 80 countries and territories. It is a membership association of independently owned and operated hotels that provides marketing, reservations and operational support to its members. For more information, please visit www.bestwestern.com.

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