The latest directory of pet-friendly lodging is proving a huge hit with the traveling public. BringYourPet.com spokesman Brian Bailey said, “I thought this was a much needed site for the pet-loving public but we’re blown away with the response we’ve gotten. It’s off the charts.“America’s love affair with household pets has burgeoned into an enormous boom for pet-friendly businesses. As more travelers choose cars over planes since 911, they also choose to bring their pets with them. Common sense dictates that people who love pets enough to travel with them also have well-behaved pets. BringYourPet.com seeks quality lodging for both pets & owners.
An increasing number of hoteliers and innkeepers have hopped on the bandwagon to offer pet-friendly lodging to travelers. Some add a small fee for the pet just ‘in case’ of unlikely accidents. It may also cover the cost of any extra cleaning fee. Most, however, absorb the small additional cost and list with BringYourPet.com because of the enormous potential for increased revenue.
As the nation’s innkeepers vie for the traveling public, they continue to seek new and better amenities to attract visitors. With the advent of technology, savvy hoteliers are adding high speed Internet access to attract customers. As competition cranks up, other added amenities include Jacuzzi tubs, air mattresses, refrigerators and microwaves and free breakfasts. But no amenities attract the growing pet-loving traveling public as does the added advantage of pet-friendly lodging. As one pet-loving traveler proclaimed, “I’ll sleep in a tent before I’ll stay at any inn, including the ritziest, if my pet cannot stay with me.”
Mr. Bailey said, “It’s not surprising to me how people adjust their travel plans to their pets’ needs. Not only is it more fun to bring your pet with you, in some cases it’s safer and cheaper than leaving them in a kennel. ”
The number of pets owners have increased to some 36-million households in the last decade and the number of travelers who bring their pets on trips has risen right along with it. When www.bringyourpet.com burst on the scene, it won immediate recognition from the media and the traveling public. It recently won “Top Site of the Week” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and “Site of the Day” by Cleveland.com.