Safety Measures Top Priority for Global Pet Expo 2021
Safety measures for attendees and flexible payment plans for exhibitors are among the top priorities for next year’s Global Pet Expo, according to organizers. The trade show is set to take place March 24-26, 2021 at the Orange County Convention in Orlando, Fla.
“The health and well-being of our participants is paramount,” said Andrew Darmohraj, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the American Pet Products Association (APPA), which puts on the show with the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). “Exhibitors, buyers and all attendees alike can expect to hear from us in the coming months with regular safety updates. We are committed to producing an event that provides attendees the ability to focus on and conduct the business they are coming to our show to do.”
Global Pet Expo officials said that they are working closely with all relevant partners in the events ecosystem to ensure a safe experience on every level. Some recent updates, according to officials, include the following:
- The Orange County Convention Center, where the trade show will take place, is working to achieve a Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star Facility Accreditation, which is considered the gold standard for how facilities should be prepared upon opening, officials said.
- The City of Orlando is participating in the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force. This group is currently working on recommendations to help reopen Orange County, including the approach to ease restrictions while ensuring the safety of the public.
- The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), a trade group for exhibition professionals, published a guide called: Essential Considerations for Safely Reopening Exhibitions and Events to make sure the trade show industry as a whole is prepared, officials noted.
- Global Pet Expo officials said they are also looking to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), to provide guidance for international participants.
In addition to safety measures, APPA and PIDA are working to help alleviate financial burden for exhibitors. As such, Global Pet Expo will offer 2020 booth pricing for 2021. Exhibitors will also have added flexibility with their payment plans with smaller deposits throughout the payment schedule, additional time to make final payments and an extended cancellation period, according to officials. All booth space applications received by Aug. 31 will be reviewed and assigned by Global Pet Expo staff in priority point order, officials added.
“Applicants are encouraged to submit as early as possible to secure their place on the list,” officials said.
Darmohraj added, “Global Pet Expo is an important opportunity for the pet industry as participants look to reconnect and build new partnerships. We are truly grateful for the continued support from our loyal exhibitors and attendees who come from 80 countries to participate in Global Pet Expo each year, and we are dedicated to planning a successful and safe trade show in 2021.”