The organisers of the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) show in the US have announced that the 2018 edition will move to a new location within the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) complex in Orlando, Florida.

The 2018 ICAST will shift from its former home in the OCCC’s West Building to the newer, 278,709sq m North/South Building – a facility upgrade for the show, and one which will allow the companion ICAST On the Water demo program to be located directly outside the exhibit hall.

Improved adjacency for the demo program will provide greater convenience for exhibitors and show visitors alike by eliminating the need for the shuttle busses presently required.

“We are really looking forward to the move and bringing the show and On the Water together in one location,” said Kirk Immens, board chair for the American Sportfishing Association.

The 2017 ICAST – which wrapped up Friday – attracted approximately 15,000 visitors from 73 different countries and once again included a marine accessories pavilion organised by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).

“Boating and fishing are both doing very well right now. The latest numbers indicate fishing participation is up by 20%, while boat registrations were up last year and the overall mood is very positive,” said NMMA president Thom Dammrich. “This is our second year with the NMMA Marine Accessories Pavilion at ICAST. Many fishing tackle dealers sell some amount of marine product, and we see this as an opportunity for marine accessory manufacturers to grow their business by building their distribution network.”

ICAST returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from July 10-13, 2018.