Italy is the European destination with the highest percentage of pet-friendly structures, houses and apartments. Where, that is, the four-legged friends can follow their human companions without any problem and spend a holiday period. According to an internal research by Airbnb, the platform that has revolutionized the world of travel with four million owners (the so-called “hosts”) who have welcomed and made more than 800 million guests feel at home, relating to the increase in searches with “pets allowed” filter from the beginning of January 2021 to today, obviously in relation to the same period last year.
In fact, there are over 130 thousand accommodations available on Airbnb where pets are welcome: an essential fact for Italian dog owners. Suffice it to say that the Assalco-Zoomark 2020 report, one of the most reliable in the sector, estimates that in 2019 there were 60.27 million pets in our homes, confirming a 1 to 1 ratio between pets and the population. resident, including 7 million dogs and 7.3 million cats. Many welcomed a quadruped in the course of 2020. The National Animal Protection Authority has for example found that during the worst year in recent history 8,100 dogs and 9,500 cats found a home in Italy, over 15% more than in 2019 One of the few, small miracles of the pandemic.
The pet-boom is therefore a trend also confirmed by Airbnb data: searches for pet-friendly accommodations have increased by 65% in recent months worldwide. Among other things, the platform co-founded and led by Brian Chesky for a year is immersed in a profound change of skin and business linked to the challenges of the pandemic (to which it has responded, for example, with a series of novelties in the experiences proposed also online ) and despite the difficulties of recent months it went public on Wall Street last December with a choice in contrast to the international tourism crisis: today a share is worth $ 200 against the 144 of last December 10.
Returning to the four legs, Airbnb has therefore analyzed the housing market where pets can also stay in Italy and in the world, drawing up the ranking of the 10 most desired houses by those who own an animal on a global scale, from Montenegro to Morocco passing through the United States, with an eye on Italy. Accompanying the top 10 with some useful tips.