By Im Eunbyel
The Korea Herald
Asia News Network
WITH THE idea of travelling with pets becoming the norm rather than the exception, South Korea’s travel-related industries are welcoming pet owners and their pets by launching related services.
The number of service animals on flights has increased significantly in recent years.
According to South Korea’s Ministry of Land and Transportation, in 2017, 41,343 pets were carried on planes, marking a 46.7 percent increase from 28,182 in 2015.
Jeju Air has joined hands with a pet hotel near the Incheon International Airport, providing accommodation services at a lower price.
Passengers of Korean Air can earn various benefits if they fly frequently with pets.
Korean Air offers its SkyPets service for customers who wish to board flights with their pets. Customers with pets earn stamps and depending on the number of collected stamps, they can receive various benefits, including discounts and free giveaways.
Also, more hotels are presenting themselves as pet-friendly, Daemyung Hotel & Resort recently announced plans to run more accommodation services related to pets. It is to launch a pet hotel, too.
L‘Escape is one of the petfriendly boutique hotels with 14 rooms designated for pet owners. (courtesy of L‘Escape)
L‘Escape, a boutique hotel run by Shinsegae, has 14 rooms designated for pet owners. The rooms do not have carpets, in consideration of health issues, and furry guests are allowed access to the hotel’s Chinese restaurant, which has a separate zone for man’s best friend.
Major brand hotels, such as the Four Seasons Hotel and Sheraton Seoul Palace Gangnam Hotel, are also pet-friendly hotels, allowing up to two pets per guest.
Pet-specialised travel service is a booming market. Specialised travel agency Pets Go Travel regularly presents trip deals for pet owners and their pets, providing car service and necessary accessories.