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Global Pet Expo Officials Announce 2011 Dates and New Show Date Pattern to Better Accommodate Buyers

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Global Pet Expo Officials Announce 2011 Dates and New Show Date Pattern to Better Accommodate Buyers
- The pet industry’s largest annual trade show, presented by the American Pet Products Association and Pet Industry Distributors Association will take place March 16-18, 2011 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.-

(Greenwich, CT—April 2011)— Andrew Darmohraj, senior vice president of the American Pet Products Association (APPA), announced today that the 2011 Global Pet Expo show dates have been set and that the show will move to an all-weekday schedule in order to better accommodate buyers. Next year’s show will take place in Orlando, FL, at the Orange County Convention Center, Wednesday-Friday, March 16-18, 2011.

“We are constantly striving to improve Global Pet Expo and to solicit feedback from attendees to ensure we are doing all that we can to improve their show experiences,” said Darmohraj. “Overwhelmingly we have heard from buyers that the amount of time they spend at the Show would increase should the show dates take place on weekdays only as opposed to the current format of Thursday through Saturday. As buyer attendance is critical to the success of Global Pet Expo and its exhibitors, we listened and made the change to a Wednesday through Friday format.”

Darmohraj added that input from exhibitors also reflected the need for the change to an all-weekday show pattern and he expects a significant increase in overall attendance from buyers as a result.

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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.

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