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Centara trials dog scheme at resorts


Published on Jan 27, 2011

Centara Hotels & Resorts is piloting a scheme to gauge the market response to those guests wanting to travel with their pet dogs. The company is now allowing dogs at two of its resort properties on a trial basis. If the scheme works, it may be extended to other resorts.

The two resort hotels that have been selected for the trial are the X2 Hua Hin Kui Buri Villas and Centara Chaan Talay Resort & Villas Trat.

"This of course is not realistic with many of our properties," said Centara's Operations Manager, Paul Snow. "But we do feel that in certain of our beachside resorts, where guests are staying in ground floor accommodation that has immediate access to the gardens or the beach, it would be possible for dog owners to bring along their pets without causing any inconvenience to other guests."

Owners need to advise the resort during the booking process that they will be bringing their dogs, and the dog has to be shampooed before arrival. The dog must also be small- to medium-sized breed, weighing no more than 20kg, and should be well-trained. Owners must not leave their dogs unattended in their rooms, and the animal has to be kept on a leash while within the resort. Dogs are not allowed to enter any restaurant, spa or other resort venue.

"The conditions are pure common sense and consideration for others," said Snow. "If these are followed, then we feel that having their pet with them will enrich the holiday experience for dog owners.

"A long walk with a dog through the countryside or along a pristine beach is thoroughly good exercise, and of course great fun for the children too, if this is a family holiday."

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