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Global Pet Expo Officials Assist in Securing Consistent Rates for Luxury-Car Service for 2010 Show
- In a continued effort to ensure a great show experience, Global Pet Expo’s Show Manager testified before the Orange County Board of Commissioners to resolve issues regarding transportation and to better ensure fair and consistent rates for attendees going to and from the Orange County Convention Center -
(Greenwich, CT—January 5, 2010)— In response to concerns expressed by last year’s Global Pet Expo participants, the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, and some of the surrounding hotels have reached a deal with transportation providers to offer uniform rates for luxury-car service between certain hotels and the center. Last year, show attendees encountered issues with varying prices charged in non-metered town cars and a lack of transportation options. These transportation complaints resulted in Tracey Wilson, Global Pet Expo’s Show Manager, Special Events and Meetings, testifying before the Orange County Board of Commissioners along with other senior management from the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Orange County Convention Center.
“At last year’s show it was apparent that we were paying high, inconsistent rates to travel short distances in mandatory luxury-car service, and we wanted to provide Global Pet Expo attendees with more transportation options and a better idea of the costs they should expect on a daily basis,” said Wilson. “We are pleased that Orlando officials took swift action in securing better transportation options which will result in a more enjoyable show experience for our buyers, exhibitors and guests.”
Mears Transportation and Star Transportation Management Inc., among others, agreed to charge $10 for trips from the center and the hotels as far north as Sand Lake Road, south to the Beachline, west to Interstate 4 and east to Shingle Creek resort. The American Pet Products Association (APPA) acknowledged that tough economic times meant participants were operating on tighter budgets and needed to be able to anticipate the travel expenses associated with attending their annual pet industry trade show, Global Pet Expo.
APPA proposed on behalf of the Global Pet Expo that:
• A fair and consistent rate be established up front and remain unchanged from day to day.
• Every hotel offer metered taxi cabs or luxury cars with clearly posted rates.
• An adequate number of metered taxi cabs be available at the Orange County Convention Center.
APPA is constantly seeking ways to make Global Pet Expo a rewarding experience for all involved. Global Pet Expo will take place March 25-27, 2010 in Orlando, FL.
The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes nearly1,000 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises. APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.
Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2009 Show featured 779 exhibitors, 2,306 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. 4,100 pet product buyers from around the world attended. In 2010, Global Pet Expo will take place March 25-27 in Orlando, FL. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. For more information, visit www.globalpetexpo.org.