Best Western has launched a Dog ‘n' Bone hotline - with the help of Crufts Champion Millie, a 13-year-old West Highland Terrier, seen here - to help the growing number of guests who want to travel with their pets.
The hotel company set up the hotline after receiving a 900% year-on-year increase in enquiries for those guests wanting to avoid kennel costs of up to £160 a week and instead enjoy a staycation with their pets.
Statistics from Google, showing searches for pet-friendly hotels had increased by 50% over the past 24 months, confirmed the trend towards owners wanting to take their pets on holiday.
Staff at the hotline will advise travellers on which of Best Western's 112 pet-friendly hotels will best suit them and their pets. And it is not just dogs accepted by the properties: skunks, tortoises, ferrets, parrots and a pig have all taken a break with their owners, too.
The hotels' pet-friendly services include rooms with direct or nearby access to the gardens, food bowls and special beds.
Best Western's director of marketing, Tim Wade, explained: "We are providing a service which there is clearly a large call for."
By Francesca Cook
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