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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."

 

 

 

 

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