Reno named as 2012 IFTD venue
Reno, Nevada – ‘The Biggest Little City in the World’ – will be the venue for next year’s IFTD Show.
The Chairman of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA), Jim Klug, made the announcement at the close of the second day of the current IFTD show in New Orleans.
Klug said that the venue for next year’s show – which will take place between August 16 and 18 next year – was chosen following a survey of members.
He said: ”As great a venue that Denver has been, AFFTA felt that the show and the industry needed an ‘exciting’ change and there is nowhere more exciting than New Orleans.”
However, he added that AFFTA – organiser of show – felt that the preferred option for 2012 was to move back west and earlier this year it conducted a survey of members to determine their views.
The top options were: Portland (Oregan), Seattle, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Reno.
Klug said: “IFTD Show Director, Randi Swisher, then visited all five cities to look at their suitability and AFFTA is delighted to announce that Reno will be the 2012 IFTD venue – we hope to see you there.”
TEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT RENO
- Situated in Washoe County, Nevada, it well known for its nightlife.
- 4,400ft above sea level, it is within minutes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe.
- Known as ‘The Biggest Little City in the World’, it is famous for its casinos.
- It is the birthplace of Harrah’s Entertainment, one of the biggest gaming corporations in the world.
- It is also the headquarters for International Game Technology – maker of most of the world’s slot machines.
- It has a population of over 220,500 – making it the most populated Nevada city outside the Las Vegas metropolitan area.
- European pioneers settled there in the 1850’s and the discovery of silver in the mountains led to a mining boom.
- Mining declined in the early 20th century, but Reno’s fortunes picked up with the legalisation of casino gambling in 1931.
- Because of its liberal laws, Reno was once known as the divorce capital of the US.
- Surrounded by 15 ski resorts, Reno and Lake Takoe are contenders for the 2022 Winter Olympics.