Dog-friendly tourism awards

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the beach at Amroth. Image © Visit Pembrokeshire

Many tourist awards organisations these days have a section for dog-friendly accommodation. It has come about because more and more people prefer to take their dogs on holiday rather than put them in kennels or hire dog minders. Given that about 24% of all households have dogs – say about 6-7 million homes – that represents a substantial market for those providing tourism services.

In the past it has not been unknown for owners to face additional bills as they check-out for cleaning or to pay substantial additional costs for having their dog with them. Matters have changed in the last few years as providers jump into a potentially lucrative market.

Destinations in our home countries like people with dogs because they tend to holiday in the UK rather than take their pets abroad. It all adds up to a growth in staycations.

Consequently, it may not surprise many that there is now an event solely for acknowledging those who provide tourism dog-friendly facilities.

The awards are the idea of Pembrokeshire Tourism and Burns Pet Nutrition and reward those organisations in Pembrokeshire, a county where tourism has a more than average importance.  These awards, the first of their kind to be held anywhere in the UK, are designed to celebrate responsible pet ownership, as well as recognise the efforts of local businesses throughout the county that help to make Pembrokeshire a dog friendly holiday destination.

Amroth,  near Tenby, which has a large sandy beach is named as the Best Dog-friendly Beach  and Saundersfoot is named as the Best Dog Friendly Town/Village.  In the category of Best Dog Friendly Holiday/Accommodation, the award goes to Cwm Connell Coastal Cottages in the Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park overlooking Cardigan Bay. Temple Bar in Amroth is awarded the Best Dog Friendly Pub/Restaurant/Café accolade and the award for Best Dog Friendly Caravan/Campsite goes to Coastal Wood Camping which is also a few miles away from Tenby. Finally, the award for Best Dog Friendly Day Out/Attraction goes to Carew Castle & Tidal Mill.

Will other counties and regional tourism organisations now follow suit?

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