ICAST on Schedule While ASA Monitors Covid-19 Pandemic

The American Sportfish Association says the 2020 ICAST fishing trade show in Orlando, Florida, is on schedule as the association actively monitors the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.

ICAST on Schedule While ASA Monitors Covid-19 Pandemic

The American Sportfish Association says the 2020 ICAST fishing trade show in Orlando, Florida, is on schedule as the association actively monitors the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.

The association made the announcement Wednesday in a statement from president Glenn Hughes. ICAST is the world's largest fishing trade show, attracting thousands of people from around the world each July to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

ASA officials and board members met in Birmingham, Alabama, to discuss the situation. While projecting forward momentum and clear desire to hold the association's biggest event of the year, both in brand exposure and financial impact, the situation is fluid based on the spread of the virus and Florida officials' response.

Central Florida's massive tourism industry attracts more than 75 million visitors annually, with an economic impact of more than $75 billion. Florida officials have confirmed 11 positive cases and two deaths from the Covid-19 coronavirus, a respiratory disease that pcan be transmitted more easily in large gatherings.

Florida officials on March 2 issued a state of emergency but so far have not imposed any travel restrictions, bans or prohibitions on large gatherings. Cities in other states have made such edicts, which is impacting conventions, tourism and sporting events

ASA officials are monitoring the situation with the State of Florida, Orlando and convention center officials, while also talking with other associations, companies and officials. For now, however, ICAST is still on for July 14-17 in Orlando, kicking off with Super Tuesday outdoors events before the indoors activities begin.

Here is the statement from ASA President Glenn Hughes:

For decades, we’ve seen the recreational fishing industry flourish on a global scale. During this time, ICAST has been the cornerstone to building brands, forging partnerships, providing education and so much more.
 
As your ICAST producers and hosts, we at the American Sportfishing Association understand the time and commitment it takes to exhibit at and attend the show in Orlando, and how important it is to your business.
 
ASA’s board of directors and Show committee met last week in Birmingham, Ala., and the message they want everyone to hear is that ICAST will go on as planned.
 
We are diligently monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are staying in close contact with the Orange County Convention Center. The OCCC is adhering to guidelines from the CDC and is taking additional precautions from the Florida Department of Health.
 
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 evolves, we will continue to rely on guidance from government agencies while considering the needs of our staff, 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, we are confident that ICAST will live up to its reputation as the world’s largest and best sportfishing trade show.
 
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or Trade Show and Membership Vice President Blake Swango.



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