We’re headed to the Global Pet Expo – Where it’ll be Cat-Tastic

A summary of what to expect at the 2022 Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida on March 23-25. A preview of the exhibits, exhibitors, products, and more from this year’s event.

The Happy Cat Hotel and Spa is planning for a great time next week, as we’re headed to the 2022 Global Pet Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in sunny Orlando, Florida! The convention runs from Wednesday, March 23 through Friday, March 25, and the Happy Cat team will be in attendance, along with 15,000 other pet industry professionals, checking out the latest and greatest in pet care. The show’s motto is “Where Big Ideas Come to Life” and we’re planning on reporting back as to what we find.

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Let’s discuss a few of the finer details of this industry leading show.

One of the biggest trade shows of the year!

The annual Global Pet Expo is definitely one of the more prominent pet care shows on the trade show circuit. It’s sponsored by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), some heavy hitters indeed! It’s not open to the general public, but rather independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified pet industry professionals.

There will be more than 1,000 exhibiting companies, an expected 3,000 different product launches (what?), and 300 first-time exhibitors. Strictly from a new product launch standpoint, the Global Pet Expo is the world’s largest showcase for pets in the world. Each year, several brands will be chosen as “Best in Show” award winners, one of the most coveted honors in the industry!

What kind of pets are catered to at the Global Pet Expo? The usual suspects – and a few more to boot. We’ll be looking at different product and service lines that affect dogs, cats (heck yes!), birds, fish, reptiles, small animals, and the equine (horses) community. You can see a preview of the exhibitor floor plan here, while calculating how many steps a day we’ll get in at this thing!

The Global Pet Expo is also a big opportunity for education, with its own Global Learning Series, a wide array of panel discussions, speeches, and networking events that help pet care retailers understand their target audiences – both B2B and B2C.

At Happy Cat Hotel and Spa, we use these trade show visits to measure and compare our efforts to others in the pet care-related community. It’s a helpful barometer that helps us keep up with the times, industry trends, and – of course – it’s also one heck of a networking opportunity for us to get our own message out. The Global Pet Expo will be crawling with marketers, buyers, merchandisers, and other decision makers, who help emerging pet brands become household names. And becoming a household name in the feline daycare and grooming business is our one and only mission.

Stay tuned and we’ll provide an update of what we learned, who we saw, what we witnessed, and the influential people we met. That’s all for now, but we insist that you stay in touch, please! You can follow and like us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn, and follow our latest feline feed on Instagram.