Global Pet Expo has officially set a new attendance record. 6,508 buyers and 1,164 exhibiting companies attended this year’s Global Pet Expo. Compared to 2017’s Global Pet Expo, this year’s attendance represents a 3% increase in exhibiting companies and a 26% increase in buyers.
According to American Pet Products Association (APPA) Executive Vice President and COO, Andrew Darmohraj, this is the 14th year that Global Pet Expo has set a new attendance record.
Attendance wasn’t the only aspect of the show to increase. The number of booths at this year’s Global Pet Expo grew 3% to 3,523 while other aspects of the show were expanded upon as well. The 2018 Global Pet Expo featured a larger Academy, a 30,000 square foot New Products Showcase, and an Aquatic Lounge dedicated to the aquarium industry.
The growth of this year’s Global Pet Expo follows the trends of the pet industry overall. According to data released by APPA during the show, pet spending increased in 2017 increased to $69.51 billion — a 4% increase over 2016. Pet spending is anticipated to grow another 4% in 2018.