Gordon yesterday visited an award winning local business with a canine twist on boosting tourism in the area, the Chesterfield.
He and the Chesterfield (2014 Be Dog Friendly Award winners) are calling on local people to get voting for Blackpool businesses in this year’s competition run by the Kennel Club and www.dogfriendly.co.uk following new research by them revealed 72 per cent of dog owners said that they would take more holidays in the UK if we had a better attitude towards dogs, this is a potential 2.9 million dog owners looking for holidays in the UK.
Gordon met with owners Julie and Steve Clark and also Sam, a friendly and very well behaved Cavachon dog, who is currently staying at the hotel with his owners.
He commented: “I really enjoyed going to The Chesterfield pet friendly hotel and to meet with both Julie and Steve, who have been running the business for over 20 years, including seeing a satisfied customer in Sam, who has been staying there with his owners this week. The Chesterfield is providing an excellent service and it’s easy to see why they were voted the best dog friendly place to stay in the country last year.
“As a dog owner, I am very pleased to back the Kennel Club’s “Be Dog Friendly” campaign and raise awareness of the need for more dog friendly businesses, both here in Blackpool and across the country.
“There are increasing numbers of not just families and couples but also single people, who now have a canine companion and want to take them on holiday as well. In places like Blackpool, where we want to boost the number of visitors and bed nights, it’s important that their dogs can also go with them on their travels.
“I wish Julie and Steve the best of luck with this year’s “Be Dog Friendly” awards and hope as many people as possible in Blackpool will get behind dog friendly businesses.”
Julie Clarke from the Chesterfield said: “It was great to be visited by Gordon and to know that he fully supports us and the Be Dog Friendly campaign. We were delighted to chat with him about our business and he was very encouraging. We hope that his prominent position in the public eye will add weight to the campaign and generate more interest.
“There are lots of reasons why we decided to be dog friendly, we love dogs and we like to take our dog with us on holiday. We felt there was a gap in the market so we have done a lot over the last seven years to promote it and make it happen. Having dogs around the place helps us to help our customers relax and feel at home. We also always have interesting pictures and posts to use in social media which is very useful for our business.”
The Be Dog Friendly Awards 2015 are held in association with Dog Friendly, the UK’s leading directory with over 32,000 entries including dog-friendly hotels, cottages, pubs, beaches, camping and caravan sites. You can vote by going to http://www.bedogfriendlyawards.com/locations/search/ .
Visit www.dogfriendly.co.uk to find out where you can go with your dog.