'Fish and tips' offer for hotel guestsTravelodge comes up with novel way to relax

16 May 2007

 

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A hotel chain is providing a 'fish and tips' service to help relax guests in Birmingham and Leeds.

Travelodge is providing a therapy room where guests can watch goldfish before going to bed.

In the room, guests will be given a factsheet regarding the welfare of the fish, and tips on how to get a good night's sleep.

The initiative follows a recent Travelodge survey which showed that 63 per cent of people are losing sleep through stress and that 58 per cent thought watching goldfish could help them.

Goldfish therapy

The goldfish therapy service, which is free and is being introduced with help from the RSPCA, is being trialled at Travelodge hotels in Fort Dunlop in Birmingham and Vicar Lane in Leeds.

Wayne Munnelly, Director of Sleep at Travelodge, said: 'We are always looking at ways to get our customers a better night's sleep and watching goldfish is proving to be a popular choice.'

Animal psychologist Dr Roger Mugford said: 'It's a well-known fact that watching fish can have a positive impact on human emotions - especially when feeling tense. This is why you often see aquariums in dentists' and doctors' surgeries.'

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