The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) have announced Global Pet Expo will be held live and in-person March 23-25, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. The much-anticipated 2022 event, which will be moving to the North/South Building of the Orange County Convention Center, will feature numerous upgrades for the optimal attendee experience. Hotel reservations for Global Pet Expo will open July 1, with booth applications going live in mid-July and buyer registration available beginning Sept. 1.
“The national pet industry is booming, with sales exceeding the $100 billion mark for the first time in industry history in 2020,” said Andy Darmohraj, EVP and COO of APPA. “After almost two years of virtual meetings and digital interactions, we are elated to be immersed in the energy that only comes from connecting in person. The trade show team has been hard at work behind the scenes making sure Global Pet Expo 2022 is the best yet. Now is the time to seize the opportunity – discover new products and trends, learn from the experts about what it takes to succeed and network with industry peers.”
Featuring the newest, most innovative pet products on the market today, the show is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers and other qualified professionals. Investments in Global Pet Expo 2022 include an improved layout, easier to navigate floor plan, simplified registration process, enhanced mobile app and upgraded services on-site. Plus, the popular Global Learning Series will now be open to everyone, with new Learning Pathways to guide professional development.
“We are extremely pleased to offer the three-day Global Learning Series program to all Global Pet Expo 2022 participants,” said Celeste Powers, president of PIDA. “As our industry continues to expand, we know education and organizational growth is more important ever. We look forward to bringing actionable takeaways, inspiring speakers and essential learnings to the broader pet care community.”
The Global Learning Series is currently accepting submissions for speakers to participate in this robust educational program. Interested participants can learn more and submit a speaker submission form here.
At Global Pet Expo, more than 1,000 companies from around the world showcase the latest and greatest products available for all types of pets including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals and horses. The show features more than 3,000 product launches and nearly 300 first-time exhibiting companies. The New Products Showcase gives exhibitors the opportunity to highlight their newest products and gives attendees a chance to preview all the cutting-edge products hitting the industry in one location. With nearly 1,000 entries, it is the largest new products showcase at any pet product industry trade show in the world.
Hotel registration for Global Pet Expo 2022 will go live July 1. Booth applications will go live mid-July. Buyer registration will open Sept. 1. And press registration will open Nov. 1. For more information, visit globalpetexpo.org or on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
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