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New initiative launched to help Hull become more dog-friendly

It is now easier than ever for dog owners to discover pooch-friendly destinations across Hull and East Yorkshire, as a new initiative launched by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (VHEY), aims to capitalise on the growing trend of holidaying with pets. 

According to recent findings provided by JustHooit.com, a staggering 23 million UK households, that’s over 40 per cent of the population, are proud pet owners, with dogs emerging as the most favoured companions. A remarkable 83 per cent of respondents admitted feeling a pang of guilt at the prospect of leaving their canine companions behind while embarking on holiday adventures, whilst a resounding 67 per cent confessed to strategically planning their breaks around their furry friends, emphasizing the integral role pets play in shaping travel plans and firm belief that ‘the dog deserves a holiday too’.

This new campaign, designed to highlight dog-friendly establishments across the region to residents and visitors alike, will assist local businesses in promoting themselves, through online listings on the visithull.com and visiteastyorkshire.com websites, and VHEY’s social media platforms. Businesses will also receive free material to help them promote themselves to visitors.

Local shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and accommodation providers are invited to sign up, free of charge, and participate in the campaign. 

VHEY Chair, Chris Blacksell said:

 “Hull and East Yorkshire is the perfect destination for pet-friendly holidaying, be it for a day trip or a short break. The mix of the East Yorkshire Coast, Yorkshire Wolds, historic market towns and the city of Hull provides dog lovers with a superb choice of locations to visit and explore.

“We have many dog-friendly businesses across the region who are only too happy to extend a paw of hospitality to four-legged companions. This campaign will aim to promote the establishments to new audiences and grow our national reputation as a dog-friendly destination.”

Businesses can register to express interest in participating in the campaign by emailing info@vhey.co.uk.

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