City hotels are capitalising on increased occupancy by becoming pet-friendly.
Story so far: Hotels now welcome guests and their pets, but this wasn’t always the case. Earlier, owners had to leave their pets at boarding centres or in some instances, even cancel their plans if the hotel didn’t accept pets. But now, there has been an increase in family staycations. With this comes an opportunity for the hospitality sector.
- Some hotels have their own food menu for pets and a dedicated play area.
- Shalabh Arora of the Four Seasons Hotel said families don’t want to leave their pets behind while vacationing, so they offer specialised services.
Pets galore: Over the past couple of years, the number of pet owners has increased. Hence, hotels have had to keep up.
- Some, like the Royal Orchid and Regenta Hotels, partnered with pet-friendly agencies to help with various pet-related requirements, from food to grooming.
Keeping things clean: Hotels obviously need to take care of the premises. With pets, they need to keep the spaces extra clean. At the Den Hotel, for example, they regularly sanitise the areas where pets are allowed.