Now is the time to mark your calendar for the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, the world’s largest sportfishing trade show. Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the trade group that represents the sportfishing industry, ICAST will be held July 14 – 17, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
From buyers to media to exhibitors, ICAST annually attracts more than 11,000 representatives from the international sportfishing community to conduct business, network with industry leaders and see the latest innovations in gear, accessories and apparel. This past November, ICAST was recognized by the Trade Show News Network as one of top 25 fastest growing trade shows by attendance in the U.S.
For the third year, ICAST and the International Fly Tackle Dealer show (IFTD), the fly tackle-specific show produced by the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA), are co-locating in the Orange County Convention Center on the same days and the same show hours.
“ICAST is the premier showcase for the fishing tackle industry and the only one-stop-shopping opportunity to look at everything in recreational fishing, all under one roof,” said Trade Show Director Kenneth Andres. “However, with the addition of several new events and a full schedule of business development seminars, ICAST should be the “go to” destination for everyone whose business involves recreational fishing. There are more opportunities now than ever before to see gear, apparel and accessories as well as expand your business network.”
New Events in 2015
Three new events have been added to the ICAST schedule. On Tuesday morning, July 14, for the first time, ICAST, in partnership with Fishing Tackle Retailer, is hosting a product demonstration day called ICAST on the Water on Lake Tohopekaliga (Lake Toho), the largest lake in Osceola County and a prime bass fishing location. ICAST is partnering with FLW to host an industry bass fishing tournament prior to the ICAST On the Water event. Also on Tuesday morning, Florida Sportsman is partnering with ICAST to host a golf tournament of which a portion of the proceeds will go to KeepAmericaFishing. On Tuesday evening, July 14, after the New Product Showcase preview reception, ICAST is partnering with WFN: World Fishing Network to host a concert of which a portion of the proceeds will go to support KeepAmericaFishing.
“Last year, we tested the waters with a golf tournament that turned out to be very popular with exhibitors and attendees,” said Andres. “Now we have four new events that help to reinforce what ICAST is all about: seeing product and building your business network. If ICAST isn’t on your 2015 calendar, it needs to be.”
A New ICAST Website
To better serve exhibitors and attendees alike, ASA has launched a new, upgraded ICAST web and mobile site. The new site features streamlined navigation with easy-to-find information for exhibitors and attendees alike. International attendees are going to find the new site much easier to use because the streamlined text makes language translation so much more effective. The mobile version is an even more streamlined version that contains the core content that exhibitors and attendees alike can use pre-show and on the show floor.
Other show highlights include:
New Product Showcase and Preview Reception: Sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer, more fishing products are unveiled during the ICAST New Product Showcase than anywhere else in the world. The New Product Showcase is the premier venue where established manufacturers and entrepreneurs alike debut their latest innovations in fishing gear and accessories. Hundreds of new products will make their marketplace debut and compete for Best of Show honors in 24 product categories this year. Industry buyers and media serve as judges to rate the new products and cast their votes.
State of the Industry Breakfast: Just before the show floor opens on July 15, ASA will host the traditional State of the Industry Breakfast. Tickets are required.
Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception: On July 15, ICAST will host the Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception where the New Product Showcase “Best of Show” awards are presented. All ICAST and IFTD attendees are welcome to attend the awards reception held at the convention center.
Expanded Business Conference Sessions: In order to meet the business needs of our industry, the business sessions are evolving into a “must attend” part of the trade show. This year’s seminars focus on a wide-range of topics, with a particular focus on buyers and the retail sector, but the sessions have a lot of information for all attendees and exhibitors. The sessions are free to all badged ICAST and IFTD attendees. The sessions are held during show hours – July 14 – 17, in Room 209A, the Orange County Convention Center.
Registration and Housing Coming in February
Registration and booking housing is available through the ICAST website in one easy-to-use process. ASA has arranged special ICAST discounts for attendees with partner hotels that are conveniently located near the Orange County Convention Center. Complimentary shuttle service is provided to and from the convention center.
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