Pet Owners Struggle to Find Friendly Hotels

15th May 2008 (Last Updated May 15th, 2008 09:08)

Over a third of pet owners find it difficult to locate pet friendly accommodation while travelling, a recent survey has found. Pet friendly hotel, motel and lodging directory BringYourPet.com polled thousands of its website visitors, newsletter subscribers, and random households

Over a third of pet owners find it difficult to locate pet friendly accommodation while travelling, a recent survey has found.

Pet friendly hotel, motel and lodging directory BringYourPet.com polled thousands of its website visitors, newsletter subscribers, and random households regarding their travel and purchase habits.

The results found 63 percent of respondents would likely lengthen their stay if given the opportunity to travel with their pets, while 38.5 percent said it is “difficult” to find pet friendly lodging.

The vast majority of respondents travel with dogs.

Although the survey focuses on travellers in the US, last year market intelligence firm Euromonitor International said demand is also growing for pet-friendly holiday packages and hotels in the UK.

Euromonitor Global and Tourism Research Manager Clement Wong says the UK’s domestic tourism industry will benefit from the rise of the pet travel sector, as quarantine restrictions can make it difficult for owners to take their pet overseas.

“Considering the success in the US of PAW (Pets are Welcome) offered at Starwood’s W hotels, it may not be too long before other international hotel groups recognise the business potential,” Wong says.

“With the amount of consumer attention on the UK pet population showing no signs of abating and with holiday-taking expected to remain an integral part of consumer lifestyles, pet travel will enjoy continuous growth in the next five years.”

Services offered by pet-friendly UK hotels include food and water bowls, pet cuisine, ID tags and luxury pet beds.

By Elizabeth Clifford-Marsh