Are these pampered pooches having a better vacation than you?
TAKING a vacation is one of life’s highlights. Being able to get away from the monotony of the everyday grind and just relax on a golden beach is the reason many people work hard all year round.
And why shouldn’t your best friend be able to enjoy a vacation with you? That’s your dog by the way.
Luxury doggy holidays do exist as Ding Dong and Fun Fun, a pair of 12-years-old Yorkshire Terriers, discovered as they went on a specially curated pampered-pooch holiday with their owner Zoe Man.
Man planned the trip with Hong Kong travel company Life Travel.
Opposed to being cramped up in the hold of a plane, dogs on this flight are free to roam around the cabin of the private jet and feast on grilled chicken and salmon.
“I’ve asked myself why I spend so much money on them,” Man told Reuters. “I’ve wondered whether they know the difference. But I think they do know – they must have known the air smelt different.”
The 43-year-old vice president of a textile company spent US$30,600 last year on her dogs taking them to Osaka and this trip is costing a cool US$9,000 per pet for a week-long vacation in Okinawa.
This may seem ludicrous to anyone without a pet, but consumer spending on pets in China is growing fast, at a rate of 20 percent a year.
Luxury pet items and trips is a market set to be worth US$7 billion by 2022, according to Euromonitor International.
Life Travel currently only flies to Japan but the company is already planning 13 trips in 2018 and 50 in 2019 with the hopes of spreading their wings in other countries such as the US and Switzerland.
“There is a huge market out there. We were just able to see the demand and start a little earlier than others,” Life Travel founder Raymond Chung told Reuters.
China isn’t alone in its quest to provide pooches with a luxury experience.
A doggy hotel in the south of England offers a two-week long vacation package for US$66,870 (GBP47,000).
The package includes surf lessons, board games, ultimate pampering, psychiatry and runs with the Olympics hurdler Dai Greene.
In the evening canine guests can enjoy watching 101 Dalmatians and Lassie, and they even get a professionally painted portrait and a video of vacation highlights to take home to show their fur-parents.