A study by DogTrekker.com, an online resource for dog-friendly travel, found that eight out of 10 people who bring their dogs with them when traveling say that a hotel's policies and amenities are important when selecting accommodations.
According to Dave Kendrick, co-founder of DogTrekker.com, more than 40 percent of people said it was difficult to find dog-friendly accommodations, a third of people said their dog's safety was a concern in traveling with them, and more than 30 percent said it was difficult to find dog-friendly activities. Kendrick said more than 43 percent of dog travelers said the selection of pet-friendly hotels is poor, and nearly 17 percent said they did not bring their dog on a trip because of concerns about finding doggie day care.
"This survey sends a huge message to the lodging industry. The influence of this significant group of leisure travelers is rising and hoteliers should take note of their concern about expensive hotel pet fees (42.3 percent) and confusion over pet-friendly policies (34 percent),” said Kendrick. “What really stood out was not the numbers of those who travel with dogs, but the reasons why leisure travel dog-owners do not travel with their dogs.”
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