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IFTD to go it alone again in Denver in 2019

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The IFTD show is set to end its association with ICAST and move back to Denver from 2019.

The IFTD show in the USA – the world’s premier fly fishing trade expo – will once again be a stand-alone show from 2019 following the decision announced by its organiser, the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA), to stop co-locating with fellow trade show, ICAST.

The 2019 and 2020 IFTD shows will be held in the city of Denver, which AFFTA describes as ‘the epicenter of the fly fishing industry’. The move will bring to an end an association with ICAST stretching back to 2013. AFFTA has also announced a switch in the timing of IFTD from July to October.

The announcement, although a surprise given the success of the combined shows in Orlando, comes after AFFTA members were canvassed for their views on the location and the timing of the show.

In a press release, AFFTA explained its decision: “After careful consideration, research and discussion with our members, AFFTA is excited to announce that IFTD will be moving to Denver, Colorado, for 2019 and 2020. The Mountain West is the epicenter of the fly fishing industry and the city of Denver is excited to partner with AFTTA to host the IFTD show.”

It continued: “The timing change is a result of feedback from exhibitors and attendees, creating an opportunity for increased visibility and attendance. Starting in 2019, the IFTD show will take place between October 16th and 18th at the Colorado Convention Center. Denver is easily accessible from anywhere in the US as well as internationally and provides excellent opportunities for accommodations and entertainment.”

AFFTA President and CEO, Ben Bulis, added his thanks to the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), which owns ICAST and has been a trusted partner to AFFTA during the time the two shows have co-located. Bulis said: “The decision to move IFTD to Denver for 2019 and 2020 was based solely on the desire of our membership and what the majority wanted. This was an extremely difficult decision, it’s not easy to just up and move a show without weighing all possible outcomes and one being our relationship with ASA.

“Our industry thanks ASA for welcoming IFTD as a partner in our first ICAST back in 2013. AFFTA is committed to making sure our relationship with ASA continues regardless of where IFTD or ICAST is located.”

AFFTA will maintain its current show dates in Orlando in conjunction with ICAST through the summer of 2018. Mike Nussman, President and CEO of the ASA, said: “Co-locating ICAST and IFTD has been beneficial for many exhibitors and attendees. We wish AFFTA and IFTD our best in 2019 and beyond.”

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