Destination Guide: Australia

Sydney venue secures £20m of conferences three years before launch

The new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has secured five events, worth almost AUD $34m (£20.1m), three years ahead of opening.

The International Convention Centre Sydney will open in Darling Harbour in 2016
The International Convention Centre Sydney will open in Darling Harbour in 2016
Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of Business Events Sydney (BESydney), a partnership between the New South Wales government and the private sector, said these confirmations came on top of 60 expressions of interest from national association events to use the new centre, which will open in Darling Harbour in late 2016.

The first two major international conferences to take place at ICC Sydney will be the International Association of Restructuring Insolvency Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL) World Quadrennial congress and the International Bar Association (IBA) annual conference, both in 2017.

Worth an estimated $17.9m (£10.6m) to the state economy, the IBA event is expected to attract 4,000 legal professionals to Sydney. The INSOL gathering is forecast to bring 800 delegates to the city and inject almost $2m (£1.2m) into the economy.

The other confirmed conferences are the 2017 AIPPI World Intellectual Property congress, the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors congress in 2018 and the 20th International Congress of Cytology in 2019.

Lewis-Smith said: "Four of these events are leading professional services meetings – a great alignment with the government’s economic development plan that includes a focus on the state’s finance and business services competitive advantages."

Andrew Stoner, New South Wales deputy premier, said the meetings secured for ICC Sydney would attract international delegates to the state. He added: "They will also bring opportunities for trade, investment, knowledge sharing, collaboration and innovation to our business and academic communities. It’s a win win."

 

 

 

 

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
Event agency wins Best Business award

Event agency wins Best Business award

Sleek Events hailed as 'outstanding with year-on-year growth' by Best Business Women Awards.

Case study: Unbound's festival of innovation

Case study: Unbound's festival of innovation

Light Fantastic produced the two-day showcase featuring immersive experiences, hackathons and talks.

The Creative Engagement Group hires three senior creative directors

The Creative Engagement Group hires three senior creative directors

Agency brings in new staff to strengthen its creative team for live experiences, communications, interactive and immersive content.

Why flexible working is vital for parents in events

Why flexible working is vital for parents in events

Modern approaches to work are good for staff wellbeing and business goals, says The Creative Engagement Group's Russ Lidstone.

What are the pros and cons of helicopter travel?

What are the pros and cons of helicopter travel?

A helicopter can help to solve many logistical issues and clients often love them - but keep an eye on the weather.

World Congress of Optometry 2021 set for Melbourne

World Congress of Optometry 2021 set for Melbourne

Eye health professionals bound for Australia to share global knowledge, experience and practices.

Planners reveal the types of food most wasted at events

Planners reveal the types of food most wasted at events

Almost a third of industry professionals admit to wasting a significant amount of food at events, new research reveals.

Why venue choice is crucial for a creative event

Why venue choice is crucial for a creative event

Cultural locations can give a conference an extra infusion of creativity says Southbank Centre's Ali Gannagé-Stewart.

Typhoon in Tokyo: An event planner's experience

Typhoon in Tokyo: An event planner's experience

The arrival of Typhoon Hagibis after a week-long event in Japan required serious crisis planning by TAG's UK director of events.

Freeman appoints new executive producer

Freeman appoints new executive producer

The brand experience agency continues to expand its EMEA production team in London.

LATEST JOBS