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The ins and outs of search for family trips

The ins and outs of search for family trips | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it

Family trips can be more complicated than any other type of travel to organise - with multiple requirements and more than just one person to please. Bing recently carried out a major study of the online behaviour of those looking for family trips and how it all relates, in particular to their activity in search. Among the findings:

 

Women are more likely than men to plan family travel, performing the majority of searches for family holiday ideas. GenXers account for 4 in 10 searches and clicks for family holiday ideas.April is the prime time to explore family holiday ideas.Cruise searches heat up in January. Beaches top the charts for both summer and winter fun.

 

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Via Tourism Australia
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It would be very interesting to do a study like this done for dog friendly travel as well.  I believe (know!) the results would surprise a lot of tourism bodies, businesses and marketers.
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How Generational Change Boosts The Roaring Pet Care Market

How Generational Change Boosts The Roaring Pet Care Market | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
The pet care industry is on a roll—which won’t stop anytime soon thanks to new generational attitudes.
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Pet owners insist that their pets lead the same healthy lifestyles they do—a transition that’s largely the result of changing generational attitudes. While Baby Boomers were the first to humanize their pets, Generation Xers and Millennials are following suit.
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BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ Initiative Speaks up for Pets, Creates More Pet-Friendly Communities

FRANKLIN, Tenn., June 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ Initiative Speaks up for Pets, Creates More Pet-Friendly Communities. Mar
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Hi-rises woo pet lovers with dog spas, rooftop walks

Hi-rises woo pet lovers with dog spas, rooftop walks | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Luxury living among the high-rise set is going to the dogs as builders are finding a huge demand for innovative spaces for animal lovers.
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The caravan park where only those with a four-legged friend can stay

The caravan park where only those with a four-legged friend can stay | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
A caravan park in Western Australia only accepts campers who have a dog or a cat, in stark contrast to a lot of parks around the country.
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Good going Broome, Western Australia!
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Nearly half of tourism boards think working with influencers is a good idea

Nearly half of tourism boards think working with influencers is a good idea | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it

Destination marketing organisations (DMOs) are increasingly using influencers to promote their brands. Research from Skift has revealed that 44 per cent of DMOs report a very high or good return on investment. Marketing organisations can leverage influencers to extend their sponsored content and reach a larger audience. Influencers enable a more natural and native viewpoint of the destination, attracting a differing audience. Find out more. 


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Scotland's most pet-friendly holiday homes - The Courier

Scotland's most pet-friendly holiday homes - The Courier | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Following a leap in demand for pet-friendly travel, leading Scottish holiday home provider, EmbraceScotland, launched a “Paws for a Break Pet-Friendly Award” last year to celebrate properties that go above and beyond to cater for man’s best friend. Crowned the winner, for putting Fido first, is Mains of Taymouth, which offers a selection of dog-friendly, …
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Like the quote - Recent research from VisitScotland revealed that almost a third (30%) of holiday-makers base their holiday around how suitable a destination is for their pet, and 72% of dog owners say they would take more holidays in the UK if attitudes towards their canine companions improved.
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More Than to launch passport photo booth for dogs

Insurance company More Than will launch its Pet Paws-Port Booth on 22 June, in a bid to raise awareness that pets must have a passport before travelling abroad.
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Cute - but also practical as within Europe dog's need a passport to travel.  In Australia and NZ your dog doesn't need a passport but, of course it is good to ensure you have pics of your dog with you - in case your dog goes missing in your holiday destination.
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Marriott Survey Details Top Trends in Summer Travel for 2017 | Insider Travel Report

Marriott International unveiled the findings of its inaugural U.S. Summer Travel Trends Report 2017 based an analysis of nearly two million Marriott.com
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Marriott survey in the US shows that people are increasingly looking to travel with their pets over summer.  They have seen a 70% increase!
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Meet Scotland's 'most well-travelled dog' - BBC News

Meet Scotland's 'most well-travelled dog' - BBC News | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
An Edinburgh-based writer dedicates her pet-friendly Scottish travel blog to her West Highland Terrier called Casper.
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TALKING TOURISM: There’s financial benefit to dog-friendly accommodations

TALKING TOURISM: There’s financial benefit to dog-friendly accommodations | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Those of you who own rental homes or condos, and of course their HOAs, may also consider how accepting niche markets like this may increase occupancy and rates — particularly out of season.
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Numerous studies have found that people traveling with their dogs are loyal to welcoming properties, are contentious during their stays and are generally fine with paying a small amount extra.  Most properties that accept dogs and have adequate policies and amenities in place rarely find they have problems with these customers that are specific to the pet.  

An interesting and important statement this article makes is:
"This appears to apply to many niche or specialty groups of customers, no matter if these are dog owners, comic-con enthusiasts, eco-tourists or groups with different cultural needs.

What’s required by the host is an awareness of their requirements, attention to detail, ways to avoid disrupting regular guests, and the willingness to maybe charge a bit more for unusual or extraordinary service."
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Love camping with your pet? Michigan state parks roll out new options

Love camping with your pet? Michigan state parks roll out new options | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Dogs and cats can stay in cabins and lodges in five state parks included in the new pilot project that begins Nov. 1.
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A national survey showed more than 65% of people liked to travel with their pets so great to see the parks want to cater for them! 

"Their pets make their travel decisions for them," Turek said. "If you can't find a kennel for a weekend getaway, you may not be able to go because you can't leave your pet unattended." Among older generations like baby boomers, that number jumps higher than 65 percent. "Empty-nesters sometimes get a pet to fill that void," Turek said, and they want to travel with them. The DNR is looking for well-behaved canines and felines to take part in the pilot program".
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Dog lover petitions Wellington authorities to allow pooches on public transport

Dog lover petitions Wellington authorities to allow pooches on public transport | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Dog lover launches petition to allow pooches on Wellington public transport.
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In Canada and the UK I could take my dog's with me on buses, trains, ferries, etc.  But in NZ & Australia it is so incredibly restrictive.   If you have a dog you are forced to drive because you can't even get a taxi that will take your dog when you have to take them to the vets.   (thank goodness Uber has taken off - many of their drivers allow well-behaved dogs).

Outrightly banning them on public transport, when half the population owns a pet is simply ludicrous.
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Pet Transport by Air Doubled in Six Years

Pet Transport by Air Doubled in Six Years | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
It has been found that pet transport by South Korean airlines is on the increase. This is likely to continue as Korean Air and Asiana Airlines raised the upper limit of the weight of pet dogs they transport to 45 kg last month. At present, Jeju Air, T'way Airlines and Eastar Jet are providing their pet transport services only for domestic flight customers unlike Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Air Busan, Jin Air and Air Seoul.
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The number of people flying with their Korea has doubled in 6 years as well!
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Has the public realm gone to the dogs? The challenges of incorporating dog ownership int

Has the public realm gone to the dogs? The challenges of incorporating dog ownership int | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
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Many high-rises welcome residents' furry companions

Many high-rises welcome residents' furry companions | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Accommodating families is more than just the human component, which is why high-rise living is now creating welcoming spaces to their furry loved ones. CNBC's article Builders Woo Pet Lovers with Pet Spas, Rooftop Walks noted it's not unusual to find a wide array of amenities geared toward pet owners. Owners can have dedicated pet balconies, curated pet spas and the highly desired porch potty, which is an 8-foot square of synthetic grass that can simply be rinsed off. The Sophie at Bayou Bend on Memorial Drive also is able to provide a porch potty for pets plus dog walking areas. Betty M. Harbourt, senior vice president of marketing at Sudhoff Companies, said offering a variety of pet amenities is a significant component when planning and designing a building.
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Councils should unleash more pet friendliness

Councils should unleash more pet friendliness | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
SIT. Stay. And now think about just how much our pets provide us with.
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Such a fabulous article - pets are good for your health in so many ways and research confirms this.  
However, in stark contrast to North America and Europe where you see pets everywhere, Australian cities and councils are becoming more strict and banning from more and more places.  Why?
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Dogs being poisoned with cyanide and fed to unknowing Bali tourists in restaurants - report

Dogs being poisoned with cyanide and fed to unknowing Bali tourists in restaurants - report | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Tourists are eating poisoned meat in Bali, thinking it's satay, report claims.
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One in five would include their pet in their wedding day

One in five would include their pet in their wedding day | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
We’ve long been a nation of pet lovers but new research has revealed how much we really value them as one in five (20 per cent) would consider including their pet on their wedding day.
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Dog Owners Walk 22 Minutes More Every Day

Dog Owners Walk 22 Minutes More Every Day | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
According to a new study, owning a dog can mean a healthier and fitter future for you.
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The Pet-Friendly Trend: Welcome Your Guests' Furry Friends to Your B&B

The Pet-Friendly Trend: Welcome Your Guests' Furry Friends to Your B&B | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
More guests are looking for pet-friendly accommodation, and hotels of all sizes are scrambling to adapt. Here's how your bed and breakfast can, too!
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Great article with tips on how to cater for & delight guests that are traveling with their pets (namely dogs).   Good for properties that have listings on AirBnB.
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Korean Air debuts frequent flier program for pets

Korean Air debuts frequent flier program for pets | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
An airline in Korea has just launched a frequent flyer program for pets – just in case social medi
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They had 25000 people traveling with their pets in 2016 - which was a 50% increase over 2015.   I wonder what it will be for 2017?
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5 Things to Know Before You Take Your Pet on Vacation

5 Things to Know Before You Take Your Pet on Vacation | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Experts weigh in on how to travel with a dog or cat if you’re flying overseas.
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Even Vogue has tips for a pet friendly holiday.
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Packaged Facts Reveals Four Trends Driving Pet Population and Pet Ownership Growth

Packaged Facts Reveals Four Trends Driving Pet Population and Pet Ownership Growth | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
In total, Packaged Facts estimates there are around 67 million households with pets, which is 55 percent of all U.S. households.
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Most interesting I find is that:
"One reason why Millennials have a strong attachment to the idea of pet ownership is that 69 percent agree that "having a pet is a good way to get ready to have a family."
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Eurotunnel welcomes 2 millionth pet on board Le Shuttle - Pet Gazette

Eurotunnel welcomes 2 millionth pet on board Le Shuttle - Pet Gazette | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is celebrating the success of its Pet Travel service. The two millionth pet to use the service made the crossing to France in May 2017.
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Over 2million pets have traveled on the Eurotunnel.   Reinforces that people like to take their pets with them on holiday.
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Tourism leader supports beach access for pups

Tourism leader supports beach access for pups | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Like other parts of Northwest Florida, Okaloosa County could attract a lot more economy-boosting visitors by opening a portion of its beaches to dogs.That’s according to Martin Owen, a Shalimar-based tourism industry consultant who regularly attends Tourist Development Council meetings.“It’s niche tourism we can attract, particularly out of season,” he said Thursday. “A lot of dog owners tend to like traveling with their dogs. Our neighboring counties are
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Highlighting that dog-totting visitors are economy-boosting - according to Martin Owen, a tourism industry consultant, “It’s niche tourism we can attract, particularly out of season. A lot of dog owners tend to like traveling with their dogs.
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