Interzoo Postponed Indefinitely Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Interzoo will not take place this year, according to trade show organizer WZF (Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft Zoologischer Fachbetriebe GmbH), a subsidiary of the German Pet Trade & Industry Association (ZZF). Interzoo 2020 was originally scheduled for May 19-22 in Nuremberg, Germany.
Officials had first announced a postponement in mid-March, but it was undecided if it would still take place later in 2020. In light of the ongoing world events, organizers have officially made that decision.
“Interzoo attracts leading companies of the pet supplies industry from around the world,” said Norbert Holthenrich, president of ZZF. “Against the background of the current situation involving health hazards, traveling restrictions and constraints of movement, large-scale economic damage and other adverse factors, we consider it impossible to still offer a trade show in 2020 … As we are speaking, the majority of companies are finding themselves in crisis mode and certainly not geared to plan and prepare the presentation of their products and services at a trade fair.”
WZF officials said that they are working with caution at finding the best possible date for the postponed 2020 Interzoo, and remain in constant dialogue with the Interzoo Advisory Committee as well as other industry experts and event organizers.
“Our primary objective is to find a solution that serves the interests of our exhibitors and visitors,” said Dr. Rowena Arzt, director exhibitions at WZF, “because Interzoo’s status as the world’s leading trade fair for pet supplies depends hugely on the exhibitors’ commitment, their well-focused preparation and presentation at the show and, of course, on the ideal mix of trade visitors.”