On July 27, 2014, “Interpets â€“ International Fair for a Better Life with Pets” concluded having featured 250 exhibitors from 16 countries and regions covering an exhibition space of 2,977 sq.m. The fair attracted 27,347 visitors, a 34% increase from the previous edition, 9,658 of which were trade visitors, a 54% increase, according to show organizers.
Interpets offered a business matching program for international exhibitors on the first day. Six groups of decision-making buyers from leading wholesalers, trading houses, retailers and mail-order houses in the pet industry in Japan attended the program. Klea Levin, president of Barcelonadogs, who exhibited handmade dog collars, leashes and accessories from Spain, commented on their debut at the show. “We wanted to see how our products would appeal to the Japanese market and we were also looking for distributors and buyers from boutiques," she said. "We had many visitors to our booths and we are glad that we joined. Both business and public days were good. We were expecting Japanese visitors but there were many also from China, Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan. The Japanese pet industry is very unique, but it seems that our products will meet the needs. It was a good launch."
The next edition of Interpets will take place from April 2â€“5, 2015, at Tokyo Big Sight East hall 3. The 2015 fair has moved to April in order to be held concurrently with two other pet-related fairs under the same roof. One of the concurrent fairs, “FCI Japan International Dog Show,” organized by Japan Kennel Club, is a competition for purebred dogs. “Japan Pet Fair,” organized by the Japan Pet Products Manufacturers Association, showcases all kinds of live pets. These three fairs are titled “AJPET (All Japan Pet Expo in Tokyo)” and are expected to attract more visitors who are seeking a wide range of products and information, which shall further contribute to the growth of the pet industry.
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