PETS CAN STAY CERTIFIES 17 WESTIN AND SHERATON PROPERTIES…

Pets Can Stay announced today the certification of seventeen additional Starwood Hotels & Resorts properties with the Pets Can Stay program. The recent additions to Pets Can Stay’s growing family of certified properties include Westin and Sheraton hotels from California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alberta.

“We’re very excited to have this fine array of upscale hotels join Pets Can Stay”, comments Scott Beddall, director of operations for Pets Can Stay. “Many travelers are unaware of just how many qualified pet friendly lodging establishments there are across the United States and Canada, especially in terms of higher-end accommodations. These latest additions to the Pets Can Stay certification program really demonstrate how esteemed brands such as Sheraton and Westin are going the extra mile to service the growing North American pet travel market.”

Helping establishments market and refine their pet guest programs, the Pets Can Stay program assures travelers and their pets that they will be welcomed and offered specific standard amenities while staying at a Pets Can Stay Certified property. Requirements for Pets Can Stay certification include offering non-smoking, pet-designated rooms, providing food/water bowls upon request, and maintaining pet fees that reasonably reflect cleaning and occupancy considerations instead of simply penalizing the pet owner.

Pets Can Stay certification aside, Starwood Hotels & Resorts is no stranger to servicing four-legged clientele. In 2003, the company launched its Starwood Love That DogTM program, much to the delight of pet owners. The program includes the provision of Heavenly Dog Beds® at Westin and Sweet Sleeper Dog Beds at Sheraton, pet ID tags, treats and additional amenities to its canine guests. “It’s a wonderful service offering that we happily provide,” says Kyndra Russell, director of field marketing for Starwood Northwest and Western Canada Region. “Feedback from our guests has been overwhelming positive and appreciative.”

With the completion of the Pets Can Stay certification process, travelers can now access detailed information on the participating Westin and Sheraton properties via the Pets Can Stay website at www.petscanstay.com, including images, pet-related policies and services, and general property information. The Pets Can Stay website also allows travelers to link directly to Starwood’s online reservation system to access the latest travel specials and book directly into the Starwood location of their choice.

About Pets Can Stay

Pets Can Stay Inc. is the national certifying and marketing body that has established the standard for accommodation providers that cater to the pet travel market. Pets Can Stay Travel Services™ is a full service agency that provides direct bookings to Pets Can Stay certified properties across North America at no cost to the traveller. PCS Travel Services is rapidly becoming the agency of choice for pet-toting leisure travellers, and corporate travellers that are loyal to properties that accept pets. For more information, please visit www.petscanstay.com.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 850 properties in more than 95 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood® Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, Sheraton®, Westin®, Four Points® by Sheraton, W®, Le Méridien® and the recently announced aloftSM and ELEMENTSM Hotels. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

CONTACT:
Scott Beddall
Pets Can Stay Inc.
P: (877) 413-3161
F: (866) 619-4708
info@petscanstay.com
www.petscanstay.com

PETS CAN STAY CERTIFIES 17 WESTIN AND SHERATON PROPERTIES…