Coronavirus: EFTTEX, ICAST and AFTA shows still going ahead as planned
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Three of the world’s top fishing tackle trade shows have pledged that this year’s events will go ahead as planned, despite the Coronavirus pandemic.
The organisers of the EFTTEX (Europe), ICAST (USA) and AFTA Show (Australia) have all reiterated that it will be business as usual for each show in 2020.
EFTTEX is due to take place from June 11th to 13th in Prague. Janet Doyle, General Manager of EFTTA, said: “We are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the Czech Republic and are in close contact with our partners at the venue. As it stands, the Czech government has temporarily suspended trade fairs and other events at the venue, with a view to resuming them in the spring.”
Glenn Hughes, President of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) – owner of ICAST – said the decision to press ahead with the Orlando show from July 14th to 17th, was taken following a meeting of the Board and Show Committee.
He said: “We are diligently monitoring the COVID-19 situation and staying in close contact with the Orange County Convention Center. It is adhering to guidelines and taking additional precautions from the Florida Department of Health.
“Come July we are confident ICAST will live up to its reputation as the world’s largest and best sportfishing show.”
In its February/March newsletter to members, the Australian Fishing Trade Association (AFTA) said: “The Board of Directors have been in discussions and the message it wants everyone to hear is that the trade show will go on as planned.
“We are diligently monitoring the COVID-19 situation and staying in close contact with the Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Center. It is adhering to guidelines from the government and is taking additional precautions.
“As this situation evolves, we will continue to rely on guidance from government agencies while considering the needs of our contractors, members, exhibitors and attendees to determine our best course of action. To that end, should the situation change, we will alert you immediately.
“However, come July 9th to 11th, we are confident that the AFTA trade show will live up to its reputation as the ‘must-go’ fishing event in Australia.”
The news that the three trade events will take place as normal comes at a time when shows and fishing-related events across the globe are being cancelled or postponed due to the Coronavirus.
In Europe, Sportfiskemassan, Sweden’s largest fishing and hunting event, and the Austrian Fishing Show, which were both due to take place this weekend, were cancelled last week. In the UK it has been announced that the second instalment of The Big One, also due to take place this weekend, has been postponed to a later date.
Many events in the US have also fallen victim to the global health scare including Major League Fishing and FLW tournaments which have been postponed until April 12th. Another casualty is the Bass Pro Big Bass Bash which will be rescheduled for later in the year.