Records tumble again as 15,000 visit ICAST
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The records keep tumbling at ICAST. The show attracted a best-ever attendance of 15,000 to confirm its status as the world’s biggest and fastest-growing fishing tackle trade show.
Along with IFTD and the newly added Marine Pavilion, the show hosted 552 companies in 1,850 booths that delivered a total combined exhibitor count of more than 700 businesses.
Following another hugely successful event, Ken Andres, Trade Show Director, said: “Although the statistics are impressive, it’s the business opportunities that those numbers represent that really helps to tell the story.
“By partnering with the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) on the Marine Accessories Pavilion we expanded the show’s reach into the boating retail and media audiences. Combined with our ongoing co-location with the fly fishing industry and IFTD, we really do offer everything that enhances the fishing and boating experience under one roof.
“All of this clearly speaks to the diversity of product that we offer buyers and media, both domestic and international. However, our expanded base has also captured the attention of the broader outdoor industry.
“Inherently, this show is about the gear, apparel and accessories that help make a day on the water both exciting and rewarding. With this in mind we are planning on doing things even bigger and better in 2017.”
During the show it was revealed that the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando will be the home of the event for the next three years, after it was announced that the venue has been booked for 2019.
Next year’s ICAST/IFTD will take place from July 11th to 14th.