ICAST honored by trade show magazine

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The International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, earned three top rankings on Trade Show Executive Magazine’s annual Fastest 50 list.

Produced by the American Sportfishing Association, ICAST hosts more than 11,000 representatives from the global sportfishing community.

Each year, the magazine honors the 50 fastest-growing shows in three categories: net square feet of paid exhibit space, the number of exhibiting companies and total attendance.

ICAST was one of only 16 trade shows that were the fastest-growing across all three categories. The magazine based its recognition on each show’s 2014 numbers, compared with the previous year.

“Earning a place on the TSE Fastest 50 ranking is a result of hard work in all facets of show planning, marketing and execution,” the magazine said in a statement. “The people behind these shows are making things happen, and the Fastest 50 Awards & Summit is the time when they take their well-earned bow to their peers, colleagues and friends.”

The awards will be presented in May during the magazine’s annual Fastest 50 Awards & Summit in Chicago.

“Each year, there are literally thousands of trade shows that take place throughout the U.S. and North America,” ICAST trade show director Ken Andres said in a statement. “To be one of only 16 shows to be recognized in all three categories is rare and a great honor. On behalf of the sportfishing industry, I want to thank TSE for this recognition.”

“ICAST’s growth is a direct result of our value-added efforts, which includes incorporating expanded networking opportunities and product demonstrations to world-class business development seminars for buyers and exhibitors,” he said.

ICAST will be held July 14-17 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

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