Pest and Aquatics Trade Show changes Harrogate show dates for 2012

PATS, the pet trade show, has announced dates for 2012 with the Harrogate show moving to the autumn.

PATS Sandown will take place March 20 and 21 2012.

PATS Harrogate will take place September 16 and 17 2012.

In March and April 2011 the dual-venue, pet-focused shows saw a 12 per cent overall increase on 2010’s visitor attendance.

Organiser Annie Dyke said:

"This decision has been made following detailed consultations with the trade since PATS Harrogate. We have looked at all the venue availabilities and examined the dates which are the most suitable to take PATS forward and make it a huge success for all involved. For this year’s shows our choice of dates was limited because of the lateness of Easter; which resulted in the two PATS events taking place just two weeks apart.

"Bearing in mind the logistical pressures this caused and because many exhibitors wish to continue their support of both PATS shows, at Harrogate 2011 concern was expressed about exactly where two PATS shows would fit into the pet trade’s busy show calendar in the early months of 2012.

"This consists of Global Pet Expo in the first days of March swiftly followed by Crufts, BSAVA and then Interzoo; and is complicated by the long Easter break over the weekend of April 6-9 and the usual May holiday dates in the UK and overseas.

"We’ve also been asked to try for Sunday opening dates – which can be difficult to obtain – which would assist independent pet retailers who close their premises on a Sunday.  So with all this to consider we had to move quickly and our first stop was to consult with the trade."

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