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Booking.com begins search for world’s first canine travel advisor

Does your pooch love to feel the wind blow through their fur during a road trip and enjoy breathtaking views? Do they love to immerse themselves in a culinary adventure where they can sniff, swill and sample delectable treats?

New YouGov Galaxy research commissioned by Booking.com has found 78 per cent of Australian pet owners put their furry friends first when booking a holiday.

Based on this research, Booking.com has launched a quest to find Australia’s most travel-savvy pet to help animal-loving holidaymakers pick their next getaway destination.

In this new role, one lucky pup will be given a new leash on life with the world’s most novel job: Booking.com’s world-first canine travel advisor.

The ultimate candidate will be pawsitively passionate about travelling the globe and will require in-depth knowledge of the best wide-open spaces, sun bathing spots and holiday hotspots.

The search begins as research has found 40 per cent of Australians feel guilty leaving their pet behind when going on holiday, with Millennials leading the trend.

According to the study, 93 per cent of Aussie Millennials miss their pets throughout their break, and more than one in three go as far to say they miss their fur baby all day, every day.

When it comes to choosing a travel buddy, nearly three quarters of Australian pet owners (70 per cent) said they would prefer to travel with their pet, rather than their partner or mate.

Luke Wilson, area manager and spokesperson for Australia at Booking.com, said: “The research clearly shows there is an appetite amongst Australians to enjoy holiday experiences with their pets.

“That’s why we have created a ‘Pet Pawtal’ to assist pet owners in finding accommodation options.

“With more than 26 per cent of our 28 million listings around the world being pet friendly, travellers are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a getaway with their furry friend.”

For those who believe it’s time for their pet to start earning their keep, pet owners can nominate their pawsome pooch to be Booking.com’s first canine travel advisor by visiting the Pet Pawtal here.

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