Mandurah Atrium Hotel welcomes pets in WA first

Atrium Hotel marketing manager Jacob Goodlich with Shetland Sheepdog Murphy.
Atrium Hotel marketing manager Jacob Goodlich with Shetland Sheepdog Murphy.

THE Atrium Hotel is the first hotel in WA to allow pets to accompany their owners as guests.

From April 2 to 16, hotel guests will be able to bring along their furry friends.

Based on the success of the two-week trial, the hotel will look at implementing something permanent.

Last month the hotel posted on Facebook that WA was struggling with tourism.

“This has forced the hospitality industry to rethink how we can best improve your customer experience,” the post said.

Marketing manager Jacob Goodlich said the idea was to progress with the times.

“Pet culture is different now. Now a dog is a member of the family or ‘fur baby’,” he said.

“People want to travel with their pets, even if it is just being practical and wanting to save money on kennels.

“They want them to be in their family photos and have a good time with them.”

Mr Goodlich said pet travel was a legitimate industry in North America and Europe.

“It’s often mutually beneficial because hotels can capitalise by up-|selling with pet menus, pet beds and pet merchandise,” he said.

Mr Goodlich said there were extensive guidelines for pets and the hotel looked forward to the “positive energy” they would bring.

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