Mum, dad and the kids aren’t the only ones enjoying family holidays this summer, with recent data showing one in five families are choosing to holiday with their ‘fur baby’ in tow.
Travel company Ingenia Holidays has found, on average, 20 per cent of guests staying at the company’s Queensland holiday parks are bringing a pet along for the ride – an eight per cent increase on last year’s figures.
Ingenia Holidays Chief Operating Officer Nikki Fisher said while the demand for pet-friendly accommodation was strong state-wide, the Fraser Coast appeared to be a favourite with furry travellers.
“Since making Ingenia Holidays Hervey Bay pet-friendly we’ve seen a massive uptake in families and grey nomads staying with their pets, with many coming back time and time again,” Ms Fisher said.
Lisa Folks with her Schnauzer friend. Image Supplied
“The feedback so far has been excellent – those staying with pets love that the whole family is welcome, and even guests without pets have commented on the relaxed atmosphere a pet-friendly resort can provide.”
Creating the perfect pet-friendly destination is not without careful planning and management, and Ms Fisher said more goes into it than just saying ‘pets are welcome here’.
“We have put a lot of work into catering to travellers with pets, without compromising on our park’s high-quality guest experience,” Ms Fisher said.
“The park has designated pet-friendly areas and sites, and one of the cabins has been converted into pet-friendly accommodation.”
With the RSPCA reporting almost two thirds of Australian households own a pet, it’s no wonder the travel industry is evolving to meet the demands of today’s modern family.
Ms Fisher said, “At the end of the day, we want our guests to be able to create special holiday memories with the whole family – and this often includes a much loved pet.
“Whether you always travel with your pet, or if you’ve been curious about a pet-friendly holiday, now is definitely the time to give it a go!”
To help guests spoil their four-legged family members, Ingenia Holidays has declared that all parks and resorts will be celebrating “Furbruary” – check in with your dog during the month of February and receive a bounty of free doggy treats.
To secure your holiday at an Ingenia Holiday park around Australia, visit www.ingeniaholidays.com.au or phone their bookings team on 1300 790 758.