DOG OWNERS COLLECTIVELY WILLING TO SPEND AN EXTRA £300 MILLION TO TAKE THEIR DOGS ON HOLIDAY WITH THEM

  • More than one in seven UK dog owners would rather go on holiday with their dog than their partner

Collectively, dog owners in the UK would pay over £300m on top of the price of their hotels, if it meant they could bring their dogs with them, new research¹ from Best Western Great Britain has revealed.

The survey of 2,000 adults found that the average dog owner would be prepared to pay an additional £15.96 on top of their hotel costs in order to bring their dog along with them. More than one in six (18%) would pay more than £20, while one in ten (10%) UK dog owners would pay over £30.  With around one in three (29%) people owning a dog, this means that across the nation, dog lovers could be contributing an extra £304,606,593 to the hotel industry².

The study by Best Western Great Britain explored the population’s holiday preferences, and the lengths they would go to in order to make their getaway perfect.

It was revealed that a staggering one in seven (14%) dog owners in the UK would rather go on holiday with their dog than their partner. The figure drops slightly among more established couples, however more than one in ten (12%) married Brits would still rather holiday with their hound.

They may be man’s best friend, but the survey revealed that it is women who are most likely to feel this way, with 15% saying that they’d prefer to go away with their dog, compared to just 12% of men.

With British tourists clearly so keen to take their dogs away on holiday, Best Western Great Britain has launched its search for the best holiday pictures of dogs across the country! For your chance to win a night’s stay with Best Western Great Britain, submit your photos of your dog on holiday here: https://www.bestwestern.co.uk/nationaldogday

Rob Paterson, CEO at Best Western Great Britain, said: “The submissions we’ve received so far have been brilliant and show how much Brits love the idea of travelling with their dogs!”

“We have over 100 dog-friendly hotels across the country, as we appreciate how important it is for people to be able to bring their dog away with them.” 

Among the entries submitted so far are pups enjoying boat rides in the sunshine, sandy noses and a dog desperate to find his ball! Five of our favourite entries so far, can be seen below, can your dog beat any of them?

To plan your dog-friendly stay at a Best Western hotel, visit: https://www.bestwestern.co.uk/great-britain-breaks/pet-friendly-hotels

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About Best Western GB

Best Western is a brilliantly different collection of independent hotels proudly giving a personal welcome to guests for over 70 years. With over 250 distinctive hotels in Great Britain alone, there is more to explore with Best Western.

Best Western GB is a retained-profit membership organisation that helps hotels maintain their independence. Committed to representing the views of its independently owned member hotels, Best Western GB tackles key industry issues on their behalf, including the effects of Government policies and legislation, industry changes and environmental impact on the heartbeat of the Great British hospitality industry.

To find out more visit Best Western GB's Media Centre: www.bestwestern.co.uk/company/best-western-media-centre

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About Best Western GB

Best Western is a brilliantly different collection of independent hotels proudly giving a personal welcome to guests for over 70 years. With over 260 distinctive hotels in Great Britain alone, there is more to explore with Best Western.

Best Western GB is a retained-profit membership organisation that helps hotels maintain their independence. Committed to representing the views of its independently owned member hotels, Best Western GB tackles key industry issues on their behalf, including the effects of Government policies and legislation, industry changes and environmental impact on the heartbeat of the Great British hospitality industry.

To find out more visit Best Western GB's Media Centre: www.bestwestern.co.uk/company/best-western-media-centre

Contact Sophie Proffitt, PR and Comms Manager for more information Sophie.proffitt@bestwestern.co.uk