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Interzoo postponed due to spread of coronavirus


The organiser of Interzoo, scheduled to take place in Nuremburg, Germany, in May, has decided to postpone the international pet trade exhibition to a later date yet to be determined.


In view of the current situation pertaining to the spread of the coronavirus in Germany and in Europe, the organiser sees itself forced to postpone the world's leading exhibition Interzoo 2020,” a statement said.


The statement continued: “Given the current situation and its extremely dynamic proportions, paired with the unforeseeable consequences of the pandemic, WZF as Interzoo organiser, as well as NürnbergMesse being assigned with the organisation of the event are unable to sufficiently guarantee for the health of all trade fair participants if the event were to take place in May as scheduled.


Managing Director Alexandra Facklamm said: “Our decision is based on the WHO’s recommendations as well as the German Robert Koch Institute’s risk catalogue ‘General Principles of Risk Assessment and Recommended Procedures for Major Events’. Holding Interzoo in May 2020 is unfortunately impossible.”


Interzoo is the world’s leading trade fair for the global pet supplies industry, attracting trade visitors from more than 120 countries. 


“Until recently, all indications were that the May 2020 trade fair would prove to be a highly successful event. Exhibitors and visitors alike expect the global industry’s premier trade fair to provide them with sterling international trade contacts and excellent opportunities for business”, says Dr Rowena Arzt, WZF’s Director Exhibitions. 


“Based on the current situation, it is impossible for an event in May to honour this performance bond. Apart from the self-evident health risk, the massive travel restrictions currently experienced do not allow unimpeded transnational traffic.”


“Postponing Interzoo is a challenging, but necessary step. For the sake of the industry and to serve its interests in the best possible way, we see no other solution,” explains Norbert Holthenrich, President of Germany’s Pet  Trade and Industry Association (Zentralverband Zoologischer Fachbetriebe ZZF), the honorary sponsor of Interzoo. “We sincerely hope that our members, exhibitors and stakeholders understand that this was the only sensible choice we could make.”


“We are aware of the major importance this trade fair holds for all stakeholders involved. This is why we are working full speed together with NürnbergMesse on an alternative date for the trade show. We aim to announce the new date as soon as possible”, declares Dr Rowena Arzt.

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