Take Furry Family Members on a Great Vacation With The AAA PetBook

Jun 10, 2010, 09:10 ET from AAA

Release of new edition marks official open for next AAA PetBook Photo Contest

ORLANDO, Fla., June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Are you among the millions of Americans who long to bring Fido and Fluffy on vacation? The new 12th edition Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook® puts the information you need right at your fingertips:  pet-friendly lodgings, recreational opportunities and valuable advice on planning and safety. The book also features inspiring and amusing entries from the previous AAA PetBook Photo Contest sponsored by Best Western.

Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook includes more than 13,000 pet-friendly, AAA Approved and Diamond Rated lodgings in the United States and Canada. The listings include fees, permitted pet sizes and conditions of stay for properties at every Diamond Rating level including — for pampered pets — AAA Five Diamond hotels.

"With careful consideration and planning, including your pet in your travels can make for a memorable trip, but poor planning can lead to endless frustration," said Bill Wood, executive editor, AAA Publishing. "AAA is pleased to provide the millions of traveling pet owners with reliable information for planning vacations that include the whole family."

For adventurous travelers, the book also lists more than 400 AAA Approved pet-friendly campgrounds. Readers will also find useful tips for preparing four-legged travelers for the road and information about pet etiquette, insurance and dog park locations.

"With more than 1,900 pet-friendly properties in North America, Best Western knows pets are very much a part of our guests' families.  As such, we want to welcome pets and their owners to our pet-friendly properties," said Dorothy Dowling, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Best Western.  "We are proud to help travelers get this information through an exceptional resource like The AAA PetBook."

This vacation, be sure your plans also include capturing some photos of your pet enjoying safe travel. Each year, two entries from the AAA PetBook Photo Contest are selected to appear on a cover of the next edition of The AAA PetBook. The "Best in Travel" winner will also receive $300, pet treats, five copies of the book and a $150 Best Western Travel Card usable worldwide. The second-place winner will receive $150, pet treats and two copies of the book. Photos and completed forms must be received by Nov. 30, 2010. Check The AAA PetBook for details, or access official contest rules, an entry form and the contest photo gallery at AAA.com/PetBook.

Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook is available at many AAA and CAA offices, online at bn.com and at fine bookstores. The cover price is $17.95 U.S.

About AAA

As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 51 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

About Best Western International, Inc.

Best Western International, Inc. is THE WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN®, providing marketing, reservations and operational support to over 4,000* independently owned and operated member hotels in 80* countries and territories worldwide. An industry pioneer since 1946, Best Western has grown into an iconic brand that hosts 400,000* worldwide guests each night. Equally committed to the business and leisure traveler, Best Western recently embarked on a mission to lead the hotel industry in customer care. World Vision is the charity of choice for Best Western in building the world's largest family, with our hotels and staff sponsoring children in need around the globe. Our partnerships with AAA/CAA, Michael Waltrip Racing™ and Harley-Davidson® help guests make the most of every trip. For the fastest way to a free night globally, join Best Western Rewards®. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit bestwestern.com.

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