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Sydney to get £230m convention centre

Business Events Sydney has revealed plans for a £230m (AUS$353.5m) convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct in Darling Harbour, complete with a 900-room hotel.

Sydney to get £230m convention centre
Sydney to get £230m convention centre

The venue, currently under the working title ‘Darling Harbour Live’, will feature the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) and a 'red carpet' entertainment venue with a fan-shaped layout and a hotel complex of up to 900 rooms.

Due to be completed by late 2016, the proposed design was revealed by the New South Wales Premier this morning (11 December). 

Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of BESydney said: "Sydney needs an iconic, contemporary and versatile meetings precinct befit of Australia’s global city. What’s been revealed today delivers all of this – and more. This innovation hub in the heart of Sydney will create opportunities to host more international events that help to drive our knowledge economy. The precinct will also be a hive of residential and retail, leisure spaces and more. It will connect our educational, creative and multicultural precincts. Above all, it will have the character, dynamism and energy that Sydney is renowned for."

"The development of this state-of-the-art precinct will ensure Sydney maintains its leading position as Australia’s premier business events destination, driving value for both NSW visitor and knowledge economies. Last year, we secured events that will deliver an estimated $225.6m in economic impact for the state. This doesn’t include the trade and investment opportunities created, or the results of global innovation taking place right here in Sydney."

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