UK dog-friendly holiday company PetsPyjamas has reported a 41% increase in forward bookings from May compared to April.
The company said that the uplift was mainly for getaways to be taken later in the year or early in 2021, but was an indication that pet owners were keen to get travelling again with their dogs.
In a recent survey of its customers, 19% said they would travel with their dog straight away after release from lockdown as they ‘need a break’. 43% were slightly more cautious, saying they would prefer to wait to see how things settled down for a month before holidaying with their hound, compared with just 7% who said they would wait until Summer 2021 before holidaying again.
PetsPyjamas.com also received a 30% uplift in traffic in May, with Cornwall topping the searches at 31%, followed by Devon at 27%. Other popular dog-friendly location searches included Suffolk, the Lake District and East Sussex.
PetsPyjamas co-founder and CEO Karen Hanton said: “While holidays with or without the dog are on hold right now, our latest bookings increase and customer feedback demonstrates that people are keen to enjoy getaways with their dogs, friends and family once again.
“As a business, we are closely following the government’s guidelines on safe social distancing and hygiene within the hospitality sector and will only be sending our customers and their dogs away when it safe to do so.”