Service providers in the travel and hospitality industry cannot help but turn their attention to the massive opportunities brought about by the demand for pet vacations in the last year, and there is a perfectly good explanation for how this seemingly happened overnight.
There was always a market for luxury experiences and travel for pets, but never at this magnitude, and this can be attributed once again to the onset of global lockdowns. Alongside video-conferencing and home workouts, pet ownership soared as people began turning their attention to adopting or purchasing animals that would provide them comfort, companionship, or simply a way to conquer their boredom during isolation. Nonetheless, for whatever reason there was behind these people choosing to take on these new responsibilities that come with owning a four legged friend, many of them will be caring for these animals for at least the next decade, and we are seeing a surging demand of wanting to take them along on holiday. Let’s take a deeper look at some of the statistics behind this fast growing trend that we believe is here to stay.
In the UK, a total of 3.2 million households have acquired a pet since the start of the pandemic, according to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association. In the US, the American Pet Products Association reports that households have spent an additional US$6 billion on pet supplies in 2021, so far totalling US$110 billion compared with US$104 billion in 2020. This is a clear indication that people are willing to spend money on them.
If you were to ask one of these pet lovers, they would likely tell you that they never like leaving their dogs in kennels when they go away, and finding a reliable pet-sitter can be difficult. For the travel industry, this signals an amazing opportunity to better cater to pet owners by offering facilities and amenities that welcome their beloved pets.
In the cases of the ultra wealthy, we are starting to see that it isn’t just humans that are receiving unrivalled service. For example, Farnborough Airport in the UK is Europe’s leading private jet airport, and they have reported that their passengers can easily travel with most species of pets through their Pet Travel Scheme which is coordinated by a reputable on-site veterinarian. Yes, people actually do charter a private jet just to be able to travel with their pets without any hassle.
As a matter of fact there has been an 86% increase in pet travel by private jet over the last two years, with the number of cats spiking 357% from 2019 to 2020. Despite the general decrease in air travel, the private jet company, Netjets has recorded 24,000 flights carrying pets such as dogs, cats, and pigs in 2020.When flying commercial, most pets would have to be confined to cage in the cargo compartment for the duration of the flight, which can be a traumatising experience for any pet. Today, flying with pets on private jets is considered to be the safest, most secure and quickest way to travel with an animal. Being able to have your pet with you, sitting by your side or exploring the cabin is a huge advantage especially for those pets who are unfamiliar with flying and wealthy owners are more than happy to pay a pretty penny for it.
What we have seen in the past 18 months is that spending time with loved ones has become a top priority. Travellers are staying at destinations for more extended periods than before as it allows them to work from there and spend more time there with friends and family. During these extended trips, those who own pets do not want to be separated from their animal companions for such a long period of time.
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