The 2014 Global Pet Expo reported record-breaking numbers in exhibitors, buyer and media attendance and total booths sold, according to show organizers. Experiencing an increase in growth on all fronts, the tenth annual show featured 5,597 buyers in attendance, a 5% increase over 2013 numbers, more than 3,000 new pet product launches, 985 exhibitors and 2,896 booths sold-the highest post-show numbers to date. Total show attendance came to nearly 14,000 people, with 289,600 square footage of exhibit space.
"Over the past several years hosting this Show in Orlando, our numbers have consistently grown at an impressive rate," said Andrew Darmohraj, APPA executive vice president and COO. "So it was fitting that our tenth annual Global Pet Expo once again demonstrated record-breaking numbers across the board. It was the perfect time to announce that Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center will be the official home to our Show through 2019."
Sixteen percent of exhibitors were international, making up 156 of the 985 exhibitors, and 27% of buyers were from outside of the US, coming from 76 countries. The show saw 3,000 new products and had more than 900 entries in its annual New Products Showcase. "The 3,000 new product launches at this year's show included products with a charitable angle, more advances in technology, like interactive treat dispensers and dog collars that keep you apprised of your pet's activities while you're away, as well as products that provide innovative solutions for every day life such as pet raincoats and feeders that promote a slower eating process," said Darmohraj.
The 2015 Global Pet Expo will take place March 4-6, 2015, in Orlando, Fla.