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ASA cancels ICAST but reveals ‘digital’ show plans

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The ASA is looking at replacing ICAST, which was cancelled yesterday, with a digital version.

ICAST – the world’s largest fishing tackle trade show – has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement issued yesterday by Glenn Hughes, President of  the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) – owner of the show – confirmed that the event in Orlando in July will not take place in a physical format, but revealed plans to introduce a digital version..

He said: “For more than 80 years, the American Sportfishing Association has created a legacy of working hard to ensure our industry’s future. Nowhere is this more evident than at ICAST, our industry’s trade show, where lasting friendships and business partnerships have been forged and fostered.

“However, given the ongoing stay-at-home orders and the desire to keep the health and safety of everyone in our recreational fishing family first in the decision-making process, ASA’s Board of Directors made the decision to cancel the physical ICAST show that was scheduled for July 14th to 17th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

“Two weeks ago, we asked for your patience as we strived to make the best business decisions we could on behalf of our exhibitors, members, staff and all our show attendees. Cancelling this year’s show was the only decision that could be made when considering everyone’s well-being and the impact the pandemic is having on the sportfishing industry and our economy.

“Despite cancelling our in-person show, we are committed to keeping all of us connected as a global community this July. As the largest sportfishing industry trade show in the world, we look forward to producing an ICAST 2020 Online, our version of a ‘virtual trade show’ that will provide a wide variety of tools and a wealth of information that you’ve come to expect from us. We will share more with you very soon!

“We ask for a little more patience as we shift gears. Please allow us to reach out to each of our exhibitors to discuss their options, including a full refund if desired.

“There is no doubt that we are in unchartered waters, but we are confident that we will get through this together and stronger than ever! As we always have.

“From all of us at the ASA, please stay safe and stay healthy.”

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