Skip to content

COVID-19 Pet Resort Website Trends READ MORE

COVID-19 Related Travel Industry Trends

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the travel industry continues to be far-reaching and rapidly evolving. And since pet resorts and the travel industry are inextricably linked, it’s important now more than ever to stay up-to-date on the latest trends.

In an effort to track and interpret current trends in the travel industry, free from political or media bias, we have compiled a collection of reliable data sources that provide an overview of travel patterns and transit methods. These sources include:

  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Data for Air Travel
  • Energy Information Agency (EIA) data for Gasoline Retail Supply
  • U.S. Hotel Occupancy Rates

This information will be updated weekly for the foreseeable future. Links to recent news articles are also included below for additional insights into the travel landscape as it evolves.

Pet Resort Google Search Trends

Google Trends shows Dog Boarding continues to be pretty flat in terms of search interest since after the 4th of July. Dog Daycare search interest has been relatively flat also.  Since its peak at the end of May, search interest in dog grooming has declined back to similar levels slightly above last year.  Dog training search interest continues to be above last year’s levels, but has declined slightly since July

Updated October 11, 2020

Year Over Year Pet Resort Search Trends

Click the images to enlarge.

Dog Boarding 2019 vs 2020

We have updated these charts to show relative indexes for each individual search versus combining the 4.  This allows us to see more detailed trends, and dog boarding has almost approached last year’s levels, and we will have to continue to monitor to see if it sustains last fall’s search levels.

Dog boarding continues to follow las year’s seasons trends, but is down 16.7% this week versus last year after an increase in interest the past few weeks.  We would expect this to flatten out and remain around 20% below last year’s search interest, but with growing interest due to the upcoming holiday season

Updated October 11, 2020

Dog Daycare 2019 vs 2020

While Dog Daycare has remained one of the more stable services running but is now running about 10.5% below last year.  This is the 4th week where search interest is below last year and could could indicate upcoming challenges for dog daycare as we approach the winter.

Updated October 11, 2020

Dog Training 2019 vs 2020

Dog Training has been the brightest service areas with interest exceeding last year’s after the surge in adoptions during the spring and continues to run about 10% above last year. This appears to be flattening and but we appear to be maintaining interest above last year.

Updated October 11, 2020

Dog Grooming 2019 vs 2020

Dog Grooming really took off after restrictions were lifted, but has now returned to last year’s level.  We are seeing dog grooming search interest continue to decline and follow last year’s trend into the winter months. We are about 18% above last year’s level for the week, but this may be a seasonal anomaly.

Updated October 11, 2020

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Data for Air Travel

As of 10/1/2020, TSA Passenger has been running around 34.6% for the rolling 7 days compared to last year similar timeframe.  Since 8/30/2020 we continue to see an improving upward trend, especially in the past week. The past few days showed about a 1.0% avg weekly increases which indicates slow growth is continuing, since this is matching last year’s upward trend. We still think the airline industry and boarding industry are going to have a long road to recovery.

Updated October 11, 2020

US Hotel Occupancy Rates

Hotel Occupancy declined slightly versus last year running at 68. 4% of last year’s rate as of 10/3/2020. Travel appears to have flattened from a hotel’s perspective. We are down from the bump around Labor Day and are now running only 29.6% behind. Occupancy rate was 47.9% versus 68.04% last yea

Updated October 03, 2020

The Points Guy has compiled a round-up of current hotel change and cancellation policies from major hotel chains. Some are more customer-friendly than others and indicate the importance of flexibility in today’s market especially as it applies to our Pet Resort clients.

Energy Information Agency (EIA) data for Gasoline Retail Supply

Gasoline Supply as a measure of road travel has begun to mirror last year’s trends but remain about 6% below last year’s supply according to the EIA.

For Americans deciding to travel, many are opting for driving trips, which offer more control over the surrounding environment but are not without risk. The increase in car travel will continue to be less positive for Pet Resorts, as more people can take their pets with them, especially if traveling in RVs or to nearby destinations.

Updated October 2, 2020

In a recent survey, almost a third of Americans said they are ready to travel this summer, with a majority headed for a state or national park or beach getaway within driving distance. The increase in car travel will likely be less positive for Pet Resorts, as more people can take their pets with them, especially if traveling in RVs or to nearby destinations.

In Summary

As travel restrictions are eased or lifted around the world, new health and safety protocols are implemented, and tourists and business travelers begin to test the waters, organizations across the globe are focused on recovery efforts. As the Secretary-General of the UN’s World Tourism Organization recently stated:

Trust is the new currency” 

For our valued Pet Resort partners, your business is already based on the trust your clients place in you to care for their pets with as much loving attention as they would receive at home. Trust in the coronavirus climate expands that understanding to include increased cleaning measures to protect pets, clients and employees, flexibility when making reservations, and confidence that you will stand ready to serve your community and especially front-line workers. 

Check back often for up-to-date intel for making informed decisions regarding your pet resort business. We will continue to monitor the data and media coverage of travel trends in support of your efforts to serve your community and their beloved pets.