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ASA-ICAST15 NewsRelease

For Immediate Release
Mary Jane Williamson, Communications Director
mjwilliamson@asafishing.org, 703-519-9691, x227
www.asafishing.org

Sportfishing’s Trade Show is a Member of the
“Fastest 50 Class of 2014”

ICAST recognized as one of the fastest growing shows in the U.S. in three categories

Alexandria, VA – February 25, 2015 – The International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, has earned three top rankings on Trade Show Executive’s (TSE) annual Fastest 50 list. Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), ICAST is the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, hosting more than 11,000 representatives from the global sportfishing community.

Each year, TSE honors the 50 fastest-growing shows in three categories: net square feet of paid exhibit space, number of exhibiting companies and total attendance. ICAST was one of only 16 trade shows that were the fastest-growing across all three categories. TSE based its recognition on each show’s 2014 numbers over the previous year.

According to TSE, “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 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 TSE’s annual Fastest 50 Awards & Summit being held in Chicago, Ill.

“Each year, there are literally thousands of trade shows that take place throughout the U.S. and North America,” said ICAST Trade Show Director Ken Andres. “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.”

Andres further said, “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.”

ICAST will be held July 14 – 17, 2015, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

ICAST can be found at www.ICASTfishing.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ICASTfishing, and on Twitter @ICASTshow and #icastshow.

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The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is the sportfishing industry’s trade association committed to representing the interests of the entire sportfishing community. We give the industry a unified voice, speaking out on behalf of sportfishing and boating industries, state and federal natural resource agencies, conservation organizations, angler advocacy groups and outdoor journalists when emerging laws and policies could significantly affect sportfishing business or sportfishing itself. ASA invests in long-term ventures to ensure the industry will remain strong and prosperous, as well as safeguard and promote the enduring social, economic and conservation values of sportfishing in America. ASA also gives America’s 60 million anglers a voice in policy decisions that affect their ability to sustainably fish on our nation’s waterways through KeepAmericaFishing™, our angler advocacy campaign. America’s anglers generate over $48 billion in retail sales with a $115 billion impact on the nation’s economy creating employment for more than 828,000 people.