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AFTA changes 2021 show dates to prevent EFTTEX clash

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AFTA has changed the date of its trade show to prevent it clashing with EFTTEX.

The body representing the fishing tackle trade in Australia has moved the date of its show next year to avoid a clash with EFTTEX.

In announcing its decision to switch the event, the Australian Fishing Trade Association (AFTA) accused EFTTA – organiser of EFTTEX – of disregarding its long-standing Australian exhibitors. 

It said: “After the release of the AFTA 2021 show dates, the European trade event, EFTTEX, decided to disregard longstanding Australian international exhibitors and release its dates in direct conflict with AFTA’s show. This meant a few conflicts for Australian exhibitors.”

As previously reported in Angling International’s Communiqué Online, both Halco Fishing Tackle and Gillies have been critical of EFTTA’s decision to stage its show at the same time.

The AFTA event will now take place between July 8th and 10th at the Gold Coast Convention Center (GCECC).

In line with other major shows across the globe, AFTA cancelled this year’s trade event following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a move which AFTA President Michael Starkey said has had ‘significant’ financial impacts for the association. “Not only did we need to let go of our largest revenue stream for the year and refund deposits, we were also left exposed to cancellation fees,” he said.

“The cancelation fees under the GCECC contract meant we were exposed to 85% of the full fee due to the event being called off inside six months of it going ahead. As we were out of the official restriction date period, the GCECC was holding us to the contract for the full cancellation.

“The GCCEC offered AFTA – as a longstanding event customer – to move the trade show inside the same financial year without any cancellation penalty. The latest date available was early June.

“When EFTTEX released its dates, AFTA – acting in the best interests of its members – went back to the GCECC, explained the new situation and renegotiated an alternative. While this has incurred an additional cost, AFTA decided it is better for the Australian industry as a whole.”

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