Coronavirus: ASA moves quickly to state that ICAST will go ahead
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The organiser of ICAST – the world’s largest fishing tackle trade show – has moved quickly to resassure exhibitors and dealers that this year’s event will go ahead as planned despite growing fears surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic.
Glenn Hughes, President of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) – owner of the show – said that the decision was taken following a meeting of the Board and Show Committee last week.
He said: “We are diligently monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are staying in close contact with the Orange County Convention Center. It is adhering to guidelines and is taking additional precautions from the Florida Department of Health.”
He added: “In addition, please be assured that we have a plan in place for ASA’s staff to continue to do their jobs from home should that become necessary.
“As this situation evolvles, we will continue to rely on guidance from government agencies while considering the needs of our staff, members, exhibitors and attendees to determine the best course of action. To that end, should the situation change, we will alert you immediately.
“However, come July, we are confident that ICAST will live up to its reputation as the world’s largest and best sport fishing show. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or Trade Show and Membership Vice President, Blake Swango.”
At the time of going to press, EFTTA, the organiser of EFTTEX, has made no official comment on the situation regarding the show in Prague, which takes place in June, a month earlier than ICAST.