Global Pet Expo (GPE) (globalpetexpo.com) was named “Gold 100” by Trade Show Executive (TSE), an honor given to the 100 largest shows that “set the gold standard” for the trade show industry. GPE was ranked number 61.
“Earning a coveted spot on TSE’s Gold 100 is a true testament to the tireless efforts of our tremendous team and our loyal attendees and exhibitors that have all made the show what it is today,” said APPA executive vice president and COO Andy Darmohraj. “Our continued growth in terms of show size and attendance has further solidified GPE as the must-attend industry event of the year. To represent our great industry in this way is truly rewarding.”
GPE 2016 featured 6,170 buyers, 1,087 exhibitors and 3,218 booths—the highest post-show numbers to date. Total show attendance came to 15,478 people, and the extended exhibit space to accommodate the growing number of booths and attendees came in at 320,000 net sq. ft., nearly 10,000 ft. larger than in 2015. 21 percent of exhibitors were international, making up 233 of the 1,087 exhibitors. 24 percent of buyers were from outside of the U.S., coming from 76 countries. The GPE Academy Seminars had a 20 percent increase in attendance at 1,400 participants.
GPE 2017 is March 22-24 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.