Interzoo and Zoomark Postpone Biennial Events Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Copyright Andriy Popov for Interzoo and Zoomark
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Interzoo and Zoomark International organizers have postponed their respective biennial events by one year. Interzoo will now be held in Nuremberg, Germany, June 1-4, 2021, while Zoomark is scheduled in Bologna, Italy, for May 9-12, 2022. Officials of the trade shows, WZF and BolognaFiere S.p.A., respectively, made the announcement May 6.
“The worldwide [COVID-19 pandemic] has affected health, societies and economies in more than 185 countries,” officials said in a statement. “2020 has been a difficult year for many businesses. As a consequence, the event schedules of many exhibition venues, trade fair organizers and industrial sectors are in a state of upheaval. This is also true for trade fairs in the pet supplies sector.”
Norbert Holthenrich, president of the German Pet Trade and Industry Association, the honorary sponsor of Interzoo, said, “In the aftermath of a crisis such as the one we are currently facing, it is our obligation as an association and trade fair organizer to support the industry in recovering economically. Our exhibitors state that a biennial rhythm for an event with the magnitude of Interzoo is simply ideal and should, therefore, be maintained. We are optimistic that postponing both trade fairs by one year holds solid benefits for the industry at large.”
Antonio Bruzzone, general manager of BolognaFiere, agreed.
“Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the calendar of international trade fairs have to be substantially altered,” Bruzzone said. “And today more than ever, fair organizers are striving to offer the business world new tools and increasingly incisive support for kick-starting business, working in close collaboration with institutions, companies and trade associations. … We are convinced that the emergency we are currently facing can provide new stimuli for business and that over the next two years, the economy will re-stabilize, rewarding, in particular, the most innovative companies.”