Registration is open for the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, the sportfishing trade show and conference that will run from July 14-17 in Orlando, Fla.
“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,” trade show director Kenneth Andres said in a statement. “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.”
The opening night of ICAST will feature a concert with Easton Corbin from 8-10 p.m.
On July 14, for the first time, ICAST, in partnership with Fishing Tackle Retailer magazine, 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 that morning, Florida Sportsman is partnering with ICAST to host a golf tournament. A portion of the proceeds will go to KeepAmericaFishing. On the evening of July 14, after the New Product Showcase preview reception, ICAST is partnering with WFN: World Fishing Network to host a concert, and 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,” Andres said. “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.”
The ICAST New Product showcase, sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer, will feature hundreds of new products making their marketplace debut and competing for Best of Show honors in 24 product categories this year.
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, which will be held at the Orange County Convention Center.
Just before the show floor opens on July 15, ASA will host the traditional State of the Industry Breakfast. Tickets are required.
This year’s seminars focus on several 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 in Room 209A of the convention center.