ICAST 2020 still scheduled to go ahead
The huge fishing trade show in the USA, ICAST, is still set to take place in Orange County, Florida, from July 14th to 17th, despite the current coronavirus concerns.
Although the situation is a rapidly moving one, the organiser – the American Sportfishing Association – says the event will, for now, proceed as planned.
US President Donald Trump has just signed off a ban on incoming flights to the USA from 26 European countries, which will remain in force for 30 days from today (March 12th) so it is hoped all will be well come the summer.
ASA president Glenn Hughes said: “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.
“We at the ASA 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, Alabama 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.”