2020 ICAST Show Cancelled, 'Virtual' Event Planned

The 2020 ICAST Show in Orlando has been cancelled, with a virtual trade show planned by the American Sportfishing Association.

2020 ICAST Show Cancelled, 'Virtual' Event Planned

The 2020 ICAST Show in Orlando has been cancelled, with a virtual trade show planned by the American Sportfishing Association.

The ASA made the announcement April 17 in a statement posted to its site. ASA President Glenn Hughes said in the statement the organization plans to conduct a "virtual trade show" but did not provide specifics about the event.

The ICAST Show was scheduled for July 14-17 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

In March the ASA put out a statement saying "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."

At the time of that statement, the COVID-19 pandemic had not escalated. Just days after it was issued, though, federal and state authorities throughout the country began issuing guidelines, "stay at home" orders and other declarations as the impact of coronavirus intensified.

The ICAST Show is the latest industry trade expo to cancel. Others including the American Fly Fishers Trade Association's IFTD show in Denver, Australian Fishing Trade Association and China Fish 2020 in Beijing have been canceled or postponed.

Organizers of the annual EFTTEX Show say it will continue as scheduled in June in Prague. The Czech government on April 16 announced a five-stage plan to reopen the country, and show officials indicate they will attempt to hold the event.

Here is the statement in full from the ASA about the ICAST cancellation:

For more than 80 years, the American Sportfishing Association has created a legacy of working hard to ensure our industry’s future. Nowhere is this more evident than at ICAST, our industry’s trade show, where lasting friendships and business partnerships have been forged and fostered.

However, given the ongoing stay-at-home orders and the desire to keep the health and safety of everyone in our recreational fishing family first in the decision-making process, ASA’s board of directors made the decision to cancel the physical ICAST Show that was scheduled for July 14-17, 2020, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Two weeks ago, we asked for your patience as we strived to make the best business decisions we could on behalf of our exhibitors, members, staff and all our show attendees. Cancelling this year’s show was the only decision that could be made when considering everyone’s well-being and the impact the pandemic is having on the sportfishing industry and our economy.

Despite cancelling our in-person show, we are committed to keeping all of us connected as a global community this July. As the largest sportfishing industry trade show in the world, we look forward to producing ICAST 2020 Online, our version of a “virtual trade show,” that will provide a wide variety of tools and a wealth of information that you’ve come to expect from us. We will share more with you very soon!

We ask for a little more patience as we shift gears. Please allow us to reach out to each of our exhibitors to discuss their options, including a full refund if desired.

There is no doubt that we are in unchartered waters, but we are confident that we will get through this together and stronger than ever! As we always have.

From all of us at the ASA, please stay safe and stay healthy.

Glenn Hughes
President



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