Registration for the 16th annual edition of Global Pet Expo is now open. The largest annual pet industry trade show in the world will be held Feb. 26-28, 2020, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
Continuously ranked one of the top 100 trade shows in the nation by Trade Show Executive Magazine, Global Pet Expo is expected to be bigger than ever. More than 1,000 manufacturing businesses from around the world will be in attendance, each with a fresh take on the one-of-a-kind pet products that help make up today's booming $72.56 billion pet industry. The show is expected to feature more than 3,000 product launches and nearly 300 first-time exhibitors.
More than 1,000 new product entries are expected in the highly-anticipated New Products Showcase, offering attendees an exclusive, inside look at the newest pet products before they hit the market. Taking up 45,000 square feet on the show floor, this hot spot recognizes the industry’s most innovative new products and point-of-purchase displays. The New Products Showcase "Best in Show" awards are among the most coveted awards given in the industry. Winners will be announced Thursday, Feb. 27, at the 10th Annual New Products Showcase Awards presentation.
Also contributing to the diverse and dynamic offerings available at Global Pet Expo, attendees can attend free educational seminars through the Global Pet Expo Academy. Managed by the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), last year’s educational program featured 12 speakers who provided 37 hours of invaluable retailer education on topics such as marketing, merchandising, customer service and the hottest topics on using social media and embracing social responsibility. The seminars drew 1,900 attendees.
With more that 17,000 attendees, last year's edition of Global Pet Expo broke records across the board. Total buyer attendance was up eight percent over the previous year; 1,174 exhibiting companies were on site representing 35 countries, and the expanded show floor housed 3,604 booths.