Gran Canaria, the pet-friendly destination to attract more tourists
This is exactly what Gran Canaria is betting on this summer. The Minister of Tourism of Gran Canaria, Carlos Alamo, is responsible for interpreting the decision taken by the local government to promote tourism in the region.
The Alamo demands that Gran Canaria as a tourist destination be adapted to the needs of travelers. This could only mean more businesses, more revenue opportunities in the future and more opportunities for recovery in one of the hardest hit regions two years after the pandemic.
For now, Gran Canaria has a long way to go to adapt its offer to new interests. Although he has at least two very positive examples to copy. Both Madrid and Barcelona are considered among the top 10 pet-friendly cities in Europe.
The ranking was created after information gathering in the UK, where data was analyzed on the number of veterinary clinics, the number of parks, the likelihood of traveling with pets on public transport, the number and specialty of restaurants that allow pets. was done on. inventory. And according to this study, Madrid will take fourth place after London, Paris and Rome.
One of the most important factors when traveling with pets is finding a place to live that accepts them. Hotels do not need much to adapt to these requirements. No feature upgrades or changes are required. Of course, it’s important to remember that pets are just another member of the family and just as important as the rest, so providing them with a good experience will be important.
Some hotels have had to adapt their services in this regard. Offer a bed, a place to eat and even a toy. Of course, it will also be important to establish coexistence rules for all passengers.
Gran Canaria law states that the person in charge of the premises can prohibit the entry of animals, although this must be marked in a visible place. It is therefore always important to contact the people responsible for the accommodation before traveling to avoid any problems.
In this way, Gran Canaria is committed to developing another area of tourism to remain an attractive destination. An area that stands out for its beaches and that in the past has been associated with the sport of chance for tourism, as it is one of the most popular destinations for gambling in Spain, along with Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante. And it is that Gran Canaria currently has the third busiest airport in Spain and, as Bonusfinder Colombia wrote, it is listed as an ideal destination at any time of the year.
Gambling has been of such importance in the development of Gran Canaria, that One of the most emblematic buildings in Gáldar From the island Today it serves as the headquarters of the Sociedad de Fomento y Recreo, but in the past it was a point of reference in the northern part of Gran Canaria. Important plays were staged there, it had a cinema and was a fundamental part of celebrations such as carnivals or end-of-year celebrations. Very popular event among locals and tourists.
For the moment, we will have to wait if the pet friendly category has the same impact as leisure or the importance of beaches in the development of tourism in the region. Tourism officials in Gran Canaria are confident this will happen. You can find out more about the “My pet travels with me” campaign on the official tourism website.
On the platform it is possible to find information on how to travel, the required documents and even the companies that allow travel to the island with pets. It is also possible to consult more than 30 accommodations that currently exist in Gran Canaria with the title of pet friendly. Playa del Inglés, Artenara, Maspalomas, Santa Brigida are some of the areas with the possibility of staying with your pet.
It is very important before traveling with a pet to consult all the recommendations of the local authorities. Some public transport in Gran Canaria still does not accept animals, taxis are free to decide if they want to accept animals. Even some malls have rules for pets and in some cases they must be transported in a carrier or smaller.
Without a doubt, making Gran Canaria a pet-friendly destination is an interesting and lucrative bet for tourism. However, there is still a lot of work to be done to provide the best possible experience for all family members.