Interzoo, the leading international trade fair for pet supplies, has announced that it is postponing its 2020 show until at least next year or beyond.
The show was set to be held in Nuremberg, Germany on May 19-22, with a British delegation organised by trade association PetQuip due to attend. Organisers WZF said the unprecedented step had been taken because of current ‘exceptional circumstances’..
WZF said: “Due to the current worldwide consequences of covid-19, Interzoo can no longer be realized in 2020. The organizers are instead working on a new time-slot beyond 2020.
“This approach was agreed upon by the organiser of the world’s premier trade show for pet supplies, WZF Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft Zoologischer Fachbetriebe GmbH, after careful assessment of the current situation and in consultation with NürnbergMesse as its assigned partner, and with representatives of the industry.
“Interzoo attracts leading companies of the pet supplies industry from around the world. Against the background of the current situation involving health hazards, travelling restrictions and constraints of movement, large-scale economic damage and other adverse factors we consider it impossible to still offer a trade show in 2020 which lives up to the expectation the industry at large associates with a global premier event such as the Interzoo”, said Norbert Holthenrich, President of the German Pet Trade and Industry Association, ZZF, the honorary sponsor of Interzoo.
“As we are speaking, the majority of companies are finding themselves in crisis mode and certainly not geared to plan and prepare the presentation of their products and services at a trade fair.”
WZF is now working to find a new date for the postponed fair, in discussions with the Interzoo Advisory Committee, industry experts and event organisers.
Dr Rowena Arzt, director of exhibitions at WZF, said: “Our primary objective is to find a solution that serves the interests of our exhibitors and visitors. Because Interzoo’s status as the world’s leading trade fair for pet supplies depends hugely on the exhibitors’ commitment, their well-focused preparation and presentation at the show and, of course, on the ideal mix of trade visitors.”