Global Pet Expo 2024 Celebrates Record-Breaking Attendance at the 20th Annual Show
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Experience the 2024 Global Pet Expo with our partners at DOGTV! Nearly 20,000 pet professionals convened in Orlando, Florida, for the biggest event in the pet industry. The show features thousands of innovative and trusted pet products from over 1,100 pet brands across 3,000+ booths at the Orange County Convention Center.
STAMFORD, Conn., April 5, 2024 ~ The 20th annual Global Pet Expo, hosted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), took place on March 20-22, 2024 in Orlando, Florida. This premier event for the pet industry featured a sold-out show floor with over 1,100 exhibiting companies spanning 343,500 net square feet of exhibit space.

Partnering with DOGTV, nearly 20,000 pet professionals from over 85 countries gathered at the Orange County Convention Center for the biggest event in the pet industry. With over 3,000 booths showcasing thousands of innovative and trusted pet products from more than 1,100 brands, this year's Global Pet Expo was a hub for business connections and world-class education.

The total attendance reached almost 20,000 attendees and brought in millions of dollars to the Orlando Metropolitan area. In fact, Global Pet Expo 2024 delivered over $45 million in local economic impact. Not only does this event benefit the local economy, but it also gives back to the community through its partnership with the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. After each event, over 70 booths were donated to help serve the organization's mission.

APPA President and CEO Peter Scott expressed his excitement about this year's record-breaking attendance. "It was exhilarating to see the pet industry come together at Global Pet Expo," he said. "We spent an incredible week discovering new pet products hitting the market this year and celebrating the latest innovations our industry has to offer."

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One of the highlights of Global Pet Expo is its New Products Showcase which displayed over 1,000 products across 13 categories. The winners of the 14th Annual Awards were announced during Global Pet Expo's "Best in Show" Awards ceremony. Among them was VetChip, a biotechnology company that won the grand prize for their pioneering technology that monitors and analyzes pet health issues. The company was one of five pet startups from the U.S., Canada, and Australia that pitched their businesses to a panel of judges, including APPA's Peter Scott.

In addition to showcasing new products, Global Pet Expo 2024 also unveiled new activations to enhance the attendee experience. The show floor entrances were redesigned to create an immersive sensory experience upon arrival. The Innovation in Motion Experience featured a modernized New Products Showcase display, Spotlight Stage, and Think Tank. The show floor also expanded to include new specialty areas such as The Modern Pet, the Supplier Pavilion, and the Sustainability section in partnership with the Pet Sustainability Coalition (PSC).

During a media-exclusive press conference, APPA announced the latest pet ownership and spending data. According to their State of the Industry report, total U.S. pet industry expenditures reached $147 billion in 2023 with an overall economic contribution of $303 billion, a 16% increase from 2022. This data was shared in conjunction with the first release of the association's new quarterly reports launching this year.

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The Global Learning Series at Global Pet Expo delivered over 50 hours of education across four days featuring topics that shape business decisions in 2024. "Participation in the Global Learning Series sessions neared 2,000 attendees this year," said PIDA President Celeste Powers. "The excitement during the sessions and throughout the show floor was palpable, and the entire Global Pet Expo team was inspired seeing months of planning transform into a fantastic event for the pet industry."

Media and influencer engagement with Global Pet Expo 2024 was record-breaking with nearly 300 members attending the show. This year's event will be honored by Trade Show Executive as one of the top fastest-growing shows in the U.S. for 2023 at their Fastest 50 Awards & Summit on May 8-10, 2024. It was ranked in both the Fastest 50 By Exhibiting Companies and Next 50 By Total Attendance and By Net Square Feet.

Mark your calendars for Global Pet Expo 2025, which will take place on March 26-28, 2025, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This event promises to continue delivering the latest in pet products, business connections, and world-class education for the pet industry.
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