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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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About Amazon - Working at Amazon - Dogs of Amazon

About Amazon - Working at Amazon - Dogs of Amazon | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
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I was aware that Amazon was a dog friendly business - however, didn't realise that they let all their employees bring their dog's to work.   They actually have a page dedicated to some of the Dogs of Amazon - plus have links to visit this page throughout their website.  A subtle - yet excellent - way of attracting potential new staff.
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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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The Complete Guide to Cycling Vacations With Your Dog - Take Paws - The official pet travel blog of GoPetFriendly.com

The Complete Guide to Cycling Vacations With Your Dog - Take Paws - The official pet travel blog of GoPetFriendly.com | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
We love sharing stories from people having fun traveling with their pets – especially when they do things a little differently than us. So it’s super-exciting to share this post from Dave, Jen, and Sora, their Australian Shepherd rescue dog. In 2015, Sora convinced Dave and Jen to take her on a world bike tour and this …
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Growing numbers are taking their dog's on all sorts of adventure holidays with them.
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The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels for You and Your Non-Human BFF

The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels for You and Your Non-Human BFF | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Imagine how much better your travel days would be if you were accompanied by your canine companion or feline friend.
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High end hotels offering dog friendly rooms and amenities.
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Nissan unveils X-Trail 4Dogs concept

The X-Trail 4Dogs features a specially converted boot, perfect for transporting your pets around
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Perfect car for dog owners who love adventures?   Nissan has unveiled a special edition of its popular X-Trail SUV, adapted for dog owners. Features include: - a 360-degree pull-out shower, - dog dryer, - slide-away ramp - integrated drying system - wipe-clean leather bed - clip-on harness hook - rear-seat dog guard ensures the animals’ safety in transit, - no-spill water bowl and smart dog treat dispenser
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Brewery offers paid 'paw-ternity' leave for employees

Brewery offers paid 'paw-ternity' leave for employees | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
A newborn puppy can be a full-time job, that's why beer maker BrewDog — a Scottish brewery set to open up an Ohio location later this year — now offers a week of paid leave for employees with new puppies or rescued dogs.
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CASE STUDY: The world’s first luxury travel agency for dogs - Hotel Owner

CASE STUDY: The world’s first luxury travel agency for dogs - Hotel Owner | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
The expression usually goes “have the world at your feet”, but Luxury Pet Travel would rather say “have the world at your paws”. Meet th
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There will definitely be a market for this sort new travel agency targeting luxury 'pet friendly' travel. 

Whether not they succeed, I believe, will be more about how they market the service, supplier & customer relations, and their systems.   Hopefully they pull it off.
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Start-up of the week: WoofAdvisor

Start-up of the week: WoofAdvisor | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
WoofAdvisor is a platform focused on the pet travel market, designed to serve pet lovers and service providers.
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Pet-Friendly Travel is Now a Trend This 2017

Pet-Friendly Travel is Now a Trend This 2017 | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Who says only people has the right to go on a vacation? This 2017, pet-lovers can already bring their pets to places they want to go to.
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Indications are that pet friendly travel is more than a 'trend' and is a growing niche. 
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Barking mad! Dog exercise class makes owners workout like their pooches

The Blue Cross has teamed up with Our Parks to create a canine-inspired circuit.
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A healthy dog needs both physical and mental exercise - and working out with your dog also gets you fit and helps with bonding.   This is an awesome idea!
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Giving Back – The Almighty Cause | SGB Online

Giving Back – The Almighty Cause | SGB Online | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Five outdoor companies weigh in on the benefits of giving back.
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I love this from this article -
"Trade shows like Outdoor Retailer present a rare opportunity to match up big, energetic dogs with active, outdoorsy owners. Dog gear manufacturer Ruffwear took note of this and learned that apparently, there’s nothing better than a pack of friendly pooches to draw people into a booth.

At the adoption events, conducted in partnership with Best Friends Animal Society, Ruffwear pays the adoption fee and also covers the cost of transportation. For Ruffwear Brand Manager Greg Freyberg, it’s a no-brainer: the company wants to help and the dogs need homes. Why wouldn’t they do it? “Sometimes you can’t even get into our booth because there’s so many people wanting to see the dogs,” Freyberg said. “It’s becoming quite a success because people come to the show knowing Best Friends is going to be there with us.” And like all the brands exhibiting at the show, Ruffwear and Best Friends bring a carefully curated selection, so if someone is considering taking home a hiking buddy, they’re more likely to find a match.
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This Dog-friendly Airline Is an Animal Lover’s Dream Come True

This Dog-friendly Airline Is an Animal Lover’s Dream Come True | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Japan Airlines just launched its first flight with dogs in the main cabin.
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Dogs Get Their Own Bathroom at Vancouver International Airport

Dogs Get Their Own Bathroom at Vancouver International Airport | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
The dog bathroom at Vancouver International Airport helps make travel easier for dogs and their people.
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This is an important and positive trend as we are seeing more and more dogs flying - either as assistance dogs or traveling with their owners.  Would like to see more of this in Australia and NZ.

Some great features in Vancouver Airport - "including touch-less entry, comfy artificial grass, braille signage, lowered counters for passengers using wheelchairs, and a large interior that makes it easy to move around'.

The few times I have flown with my dogs, finding space for them to 'go toilet' has been difficult at an airport.
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“Camping With Dogs” Instagram Will Inspire You To Go Hiking With Your Dog

Ryan Carter wanted an excuse to spend more time with his dog cooper, so he started the company Camping With Dogs. The Nashville, Tennessee entrepreneur's goal
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Just because they are awesome and inspirational pictures of camping and hiking with dogs.
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Pacific.scoop.co.nz » Kiwis New Year’s travel resolutions gone to the dogs

Pacific.scoop.co.nz » Kiwis New Year’s travel resolutions gone to the dogs | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
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The report is quoted in saying "research from Comparetravelinsurance.co.nz reveals that 1 in 10 New Zealanders arent fulfilling their holiday resolutions due to concerns with leaving their pets at home".
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Pet travel to France on rise along with Eurotunnel profits

Pet travel to France on rise along with Eurotunnel profits | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Pet travel to France on rise along with Eurotunnel profits
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The Eurotunnel says because it is pet friendly this is driving customer loyalty - the number of pets transported jumped 16% (over 2015) to a record year, of 301,159 domestic pets transported.  
One of the key reasons people will be choosing the Eurotunnel is the fact that the dogs can stay with people in their cars.  PLUS there is a dog friendly exercise area.  
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Adventurous couple tour Europe in a van with their dogs

Adventurous couple tour Europe in a van with their dogs | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Jeroen Bosman, 33, and Hedwig Wiebes, 31, sold their Amsterdam apartment and everything they owned to a purchase a 32-year-old Volkswagen van – designed for chasing adventures.
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Traveling with your dog in a 'camper van' used to be something only done by retirees.  But we are seeing a lot more of people in their 20s and 30s heading off for global adventures with their dog's in tow. 
A growing trend in travel.
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Have a 'paw-some' holiday with your pets. Experts tell you how

Have a 'paw-some' holiday with your pets. Experts tell you how | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Take your furry BFF along on your next road trip using these guidelines from experts and pet parents
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Seeing more and more articles like this coming from places like India - proof that dog friendly travel and lifestyles are growing around the world.
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What You Need to Know About Flying With Your Dog

What You Need to Know About Flying With Your Dog | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
We asked Brian Brophy, MVB, a veterinary surgical resident at the University of Pennsylvania, what dog owners need to know before putting a pet on a plane.
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I don't believe in unnecessary plane travel with your dog however, have flown a few times with my dogs.   Here are a few great tips from Travel & Lifestyle magazine

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Adventurous couple quit jobs to travel US in a van, with their pet dog

Adventurous couple quit jobs to travel US in a van, with their pet dog | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
The pair spent $5,000 converting their Dodge Sprinter van into a cosy mobile home and have clocked up 7,000 miles on their journey so far. They've shared their envy-inducing US travel snaps.
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Would love to do this sort of thing around Australia.   However, in Australia it would be so much harder due to the numerous strict (and outrageous) no-dog policies and regulations.  

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Is your dog badly behaved? Then it may be because you're NEUROTIC

Is your dog badly behaved? Then it may be because you're NEUROTIC | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
A study in Vienna has found that dogs respond to their owners emotion and even begin to reflect them. Experiments revealed that pets with 'negative' owners were less able to cope under pressure (stock image)
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Luxury Daily

Luxury Daily | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
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I'm personally not a lover of 'breed' dog shows - I much prefer lifestyle and active dogs.  However, it is significant that Cunard has recognised the growing niche of pet friendly travel.

They have aligned themselves with the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, with the aims promote its cruise line's attention to furry friends as demand for pet-friendly travel rises.
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Scotland is the most pooch-friendly destination in the UK

Scotland is the most pooch-friendly destination in the UK | Dog Friendly Travel & Lifestyle | Scoop.it
More and more lucky pampered canines are enjoying holidays as they tag along with their owners on breaks
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Goes to show what the tourism industry is missing out on on a real opportunity!
A study shows in the UK people spend a whopping extra £387million to bring their dogs along.

Tourism body, Visit Scotland, found more people search for “pet-friendly” holidays than “romantic” ones.
“Analysis of our website, VisitScotland.com, found there was 95% more interest in pet-related searches compared to searches for romantic holidays.
There is a real opportunity for tourism businesses to expand their pet-friendly potential and it’s exciting see that the Scottish Borders and Central Highlands are already reaping the rewards of doing so by topping this new list.”
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Pet-Friendly Travel Is Growing Yet Still Complicated

If you’ve noticed dogs lounging in the lobby of your hotel, or sitting quietly on the ground in front of your seatmate on a flight, you’re not alone. While the exact size of the pet travel market is unknown, the proliferation of pet-friendly hotels and more accommodating airline policies shows the power of this group of consumers. …
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There are some great stats in here that prove the potential of 'pet-friendly travel'.

- the proliferation of pet-friendly hotels and more accommodating airline policies shows the power of this group of consumers.
-  37-47% of Americans own a dog - I think in Australia this is around 35%

- 53% of respondents travel with their pets - how many more would if they knew they could and it was easier to do?

- 35% of pet owners take shorter vacations than they otherwise would, and that 25% take fewer vacations because they don't want to leave their pet behind. 

Other studies have found that those traveling with their pets were willing to pay extra as well.  

Of course controls, policies, etc are necessary - but why do tourism operators continue to neglect such a signifcant niche market?


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