A dog-friendly travel booking site has reported a 41% increase in forward bookings for trips from May compared to April, as people look ahead to holiday planning post Covid-19.
While the uplift is for getaways to be taken later in the year or early 2021, PetsPyjamas has also seen a 30% rise in traffic to its website this month, with consumers eager to travel once the lockdown restrictions lift.
Cornwall was a popular destination too, with searches for properties within the coastal location at 31%, followed by Devon at 27%. Other popular dog-friendly location searches include Suffolk, the Lake District and East Sussex.
In a recent survey amongst PetsPyjamas’ customers, 19% said they would travel with their dog straight away after release for lockdown as they ‘need a break’.
43% were slightly more cautious, saying they would prefer to wait to see how things settle down for a month before holidaying with their hound, compared to only 7% who said they will wait until summer 2021 before holidaying again.
PetsPyjamas co-founder and CEO, Karen Hanton, says: “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.”
PetsPyjamas was started in 2014 and now boasts a portfolio of more than 4,000 hotels, cottages, country houses and B&Bs in the UK and abroad.