Record numbers of exhibitors have been confirmed for Zoomark International 2017, the pet industry trade show in Europe held in odd years.\r\n\r\nTwo months before the event the fifth pavilion created in response to demand has sold out. The total area of the event is now 50,000 square metres, hosting around 670 exhibitors (in 2015 the figure was 615).\r\n\r\nThere is also a significant increase in the number of countries represented, which now stands at 43 (it was 35 in 2015). The fair, staged by BolognaFiere and now on its 17th edition, is due to be held from 11 to 14 May 2017 in Bologna's trade fair centre.\r\n\r\nOut of around 670 exhibitors, 223 are Italian companies (stable compared to 2015, when the figure was 221). Meanwhile the quota of foreign exhibitors has risen to 68 percent (65 percent in 2015).\r\n\r\nThe top countries are China (116 companies to date, compared to 73 in 2015) and the United States, Britain, Germany and France. Large delegations from Canada, China, the United Kingdom and the United States have been confirmed, joined this year by groups from Brazil and Taiwan.\r\n\r\nThis is the first time companies from Taiwan have taken part in the fair, with six companies specialising\u00a0in breeding tropical fish. Other new entries include firms from Eastern European countries such as Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine.\r\n\r\n"Zoomark 2017 promises to be a record edition, which is a powerful indicator of the vitality of the pet market, and above all confirms the show's international profile", commented Mark Momoli, BolognaFiere's business manager for Italy.\r\n\r\n"Exhibitors and visitors from all over the world will be in Bologna to present their products, learn about the latest innovations and do business. Zoomark has always had an international outlook: the geographical position of Bologna facilitates communication with foreign markets and with the Mediterranean area and Eastern Europe in particular, meaning that the number of visitors from all over the world has grown every year.\r\n\r\n"This has also been fostered by our direct participation in the leading international fairs, and partnerships with associations and foreign government agencies."\r\nNew Aqua Project area\r\nNew for Zoomark International 2017 is the 'Aqua Project' area dedicated to the aquarium industry, presenting aquariums that range from technological to design, spectacular to minimal.\r\n\r\nThe area will also feature a series of tanks displaying the latest in aquascaping, the art of creating striking, highly atmospheric aquarium landscapes.\r\n\r\nIn addition, Zoomark International 2017 sees the launch of the "Aqua Project Prize", recognising the skills and creativity of the professionals in the field of aquarium and terrarium design, devoted to the owners of pet shops, garden centres and aquarium vendors based in Italy.\r\n\r\nThis year's event will continue to feature the New Products Area, where exhibitors can present new products and accessories, and the VIP Lounge for key Italian and foreign buyers. Both of these will be located in the new Pavilion 14. The fair will also host a series of conferences, talks, workshops and seminars devoted to the professionals of the pet industry.