Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Friday, 21 October 2016 14:00

Just You h...

Spontaneous people are happier according to Snaptrip survey

Spontaneous people are happier according…

Friday, 21 October 2016 11:00

Spontaneous people are often believed to lead more exciting or glamorous lifestyles and a new study has confirmed that they are happier in all aspects of their lives.

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver tickets for half term

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver …

Friday, 21 October 2016 09:00

Visitors to Brighton this October half term can save up to 20% on its top three paid-for attractions with combination tickets now available for British Airways i360, SEA LIFE Brighton...

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:00

There still’s time for agents to book a Croisieurope river cruise for their customers with a free cabin upgrade on a range of river cruises throughout Europe, when booked with...

Last minute autumn breaks available at Haven

Last minute autumn breaks available at H…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:00

Agents can still give their customers a last minute family break this autumn from £99 when booking a Haven holiday between now and November 5.

Skiers urged to head east for best piste costs reveals new report

Skiers urged to head east for best piste…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 08:00

Cash-conscious skiers can avoid the slippery slope of higher prices for their annual downhill trip by heading to ski resorts in Eastern Europe.

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS competition

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS co…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:00

Ferry operator, DFDS, is putting out a call to professional and amateur artists to create a poster that will be used in their 150th anniversary celebrations this year.

Savings on worldwide adventures with Explore

Savings on worldwide adventures with Exp…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:00

Explore has launched a new collection of worldwide adventures with a launch offer of up to 10% discount on all new trips booked by November 7.

New route to Seattle makes it one to watch for 2017

New route to Seattle makes it one to wat…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:12

Seattle is expected to be one of the fastest growing US destinations for UK travellers next year with a Virgin Atlantic direct non-stop daily flight launching March 2017, new hotel...

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with increased connections across Canada

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:04

Air Transat has expanded its programme of flights from the UK to Canada with increased capacity and connections for travel in 2017.

Oceania Cruises reduces single supplement fares

Oceania Cruises reduces single supplemen…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:02

Oceania Cruises has launched a reduced single supplement promotion for solo travellers, with guests offered single supplements fares from 25% on seven itineraries, booked before December 31.

Mall of America welcomes arrival of MythBusters

Mall of America welcomes arrival of Myth…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:00

Running throughout autumn until January 15, 2017, visitors can ignite their curiosity and discover whether they can really huff and puff to blow a house down; if running in the...

Emirates to launch new daily service to Fort Lauderdale

Emirates to launch new daily service to …

Monday, 17 October 2016 11:00

Emirates has announced that it will launch a daily service between Dubai and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, on December 15, serving the South Florida area, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami and...

New tours in UK & Europe from Back-Roads Touring

New tours in UK & Europe from Back-R…

Monday, 17 October 2016 08:42

Small group tour specialist Back-Roads Touring has launched its summer 2017 brochure to reveal a unique line up of new itineraries in Switzerland, Scandinavia, the Baltics, France, Iberia and Russia.

Star studded cruise line up from CMV in 2017

Star studded cruise line up from CMV in …

Friday, 14 October 2016 10:16

Cruise & Maritime Voyages has announced five star-studded cruises for 2017 following the arrival of its new main brochure.

Non-stop flights to Manchester from SIA

Non-stop flights to Manchester from SIA

Friday, 14 October 2016 10:11

Singapore Airlines will fly non-stop between Singapore and Manchester from October 30 as part of its northern winter schedule.

As the UK’s leading accreditors, Quality in Tourism knows what’s best when it comes to quality. Independently accessing every establishment, Quality in Tourism finds out exactly what each guest will want and need.


When it comes to going on holiday, lots of families like to include their pet. Gary Swarbrooke, Director of Policy and Quality at Quality in Tourism , talks about what to look out for when your clients are wanting to take along their dog…

Being able to take your dog on holiday is increasingly becoming a factor that many UK tourists consider. The UK dog population is around eight million and approximately 23% of UK households own at least one dog. That is a lot of four legged friends! People are very attached to their pets and hate to be apart – so why leave poor little Rover at home!  

Here at Quality in Tourism, the assessment service for VisitEngland, we have a Welcome Pets scheme, which embraces the UK’s love for dogs (and cats and birds), which will help you book a quality pet-friendly holiday for your clients.

Dog-friendly holidays have become increasingly popular over the last few years due to the rise in the ‘staycation’. With the tough economic climate, the recession has upped the popularity of the ‘British’ holiday. A ‘staycation’ allows your clients to enjoy a holiday without the stresses associated with travelling abroad - no airports and missing passports, an easy get away. Many tourists who are embracing this type of holiday are enjoying being able to take the whole family with them, including the dog!

So, if your client owns a dog but normally puts him/her in kennels or leaves them with friends, then why not suggest some dog-friendly quality accomodation? Below are a few reasons as to why your clients should take their dogs along for the trip too!

·   Firstly, exercise! They will be walking their dog every day as they would at home but this time it will give them a chance to explore the local area.
·   Price! The price of putting a dog in kennels can be very expensive, with some places charging up to £25 a night! Sometimes, it works out much cheaper for your clients to take their dogs with them.
·   Finally - peace of mind. If your client brings their dog along on holiday, they won’t have to worry about his/her welfare back at home; they can simply sit back, relax and enjoy their holiday with their best friend!

Next, you will need to advise your client what they should pack for their pup. Thanks to Quality in Tourism, the Welcome Pets scheme has made it very easy to travel with dogs. All Welcome Pets assessed accommodation caters for dogs; this means less hassle for your clients as the essentials are already there and waiting. They can expect to find the following (and much more) in a Welcome Pets assessed accommodation:

·  A water bowl and food bowl available

·  Access to refrigeration facilities

·  Toys, chews and treats

·  Scoop and disposal bags

·  Pre bought pet food

·  Storage for animal transportation crates

When your clients are staying in an establishment, whether it is with their dog or not, quality is an absolute must. Make sure to check the hotel/B&B/self-catering property has a VisitEngland pets welcome accreditation. Remember to look out for “Welcome” schemes, which can help you make your decision about where your clients should stay.

Next time, your clients won’t have to leave their dog behind! Allowing them to enjoy a quality holiday with the whole family by taking their four-legged friend with them.  

Quality in Tourism (QiT) is the official assessment service provided for VisitEngland. The organisation carries out assessments and handles the administration of the national quality assessment schemes on behalf of VisitEngland. For more information either email James.Ardley@uk.g4s.com or visit http://www.qualityintourism.com  

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