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IFTD polls members on possible split with ICAST

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The IFTD show is set to end its association with ICAST and move back to Denver from 2019.

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA), owner of the International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD), has asked its members for their views on the timing and location of the event.

IFTD has co-located with ICAST, the world’s biggest tackle trade show since 2013, first in Las Vegas and then in Orlando, Florida.

And although it is committed to ICAST and Orlando again this year and next, AFTTA has polled attendees about the idea of a move after that.

The first of two attendee surveys, made early in January, asked for views on a possible move to an October timeframe.

However, when ‘many respondents’ asked for a May IFTD in 2019 and 2020, AFFTA sent out another four-question survey asking if IFTD (as a standalone show not with ICAST) was able to move to Denver in May for 2019 and 2020, would they attend and support such a move.

As well as ‘yes’ and ‘no’ options, attendees were asked if they would NOT support the move and continue attending ICAST; or whether they would attend both a May IFTD and a July ICAST.

They were also asked if co-location with ICAST had been beneficial for their business and if they wanted IFTD to stay in Orlando with ICAST for both years in question.

AFFTA says feedback from the survey will help guide its Board of Directors decision-making as it makes plans for IFTD 2019 and beyond.

Denver was the spiritual home of the show for many years, but was later moved to New Orleans in 2011 and Reno in 2012 before co-locating with ICAST in an attempt to revive the event.

 

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