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Tuesday 5 September 2017

Melbourne hotel appoints four-legged ambassador to greet guests

Melbourne's Park Hyatt has a new brand ambassador - an 18-month old Labrador called Mr Walker. 

Mr Walker was trained to provide assistance and companionship to people with low vision or blindness by Guide Dogs Victoria, but turned out to have a personality better suited to hospitality work. 
Park Hyatt Melbourne's first canine ambassador has a larger-than-life personality best suited as an ambassador dog, where his affectionate nature will truly be able to shine.
Mr Walker will work for Park Hyatt Melbourne hotel manager Brett Sweetman, who is also his official foster carer.
“We are very proud to be able to count Walker as part of the family, and confident that he will make everyone feel at home here at Park Hyatt Melbourne,” said Brett.

Daily activities for Mr. Walker will include using his notable people skills to bring a new level of comfort at Park Hyatt Melbourne, where he will be able to greet guests with a warm, furry welcome. 
Guests will also be able to take their morning walks with Mr Walker or visit him at the hotel lobby, where he will be lounging on his custom-made Tasmanian Oak bed, or share their own photos of him by using #BarkHyattMelbourne.
I've stayed in Canadian hotels with canine ambassadors - and several US Hyatts have greeter dogs - ut Mr Walker is the first in Australia, to my knowledge. 
Park Hyatt Melbourne has 240 guestrooms, of which 24 are suites and include the opulent Presidential Suite. 1 Parliament Pl, East Melbourne VIC 3002. (03) 9224 1234. 

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