ICC Sydney secures ICC WCF World Chambers Congress for 2017

Sydney's ICC has been named host venue for the International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers Federation (ICC WCF) World Chambers Congress in 2017.

Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia

This will be the first time the conference, which is estimated to be worth $3.3m (£1.7m) to the New South Wales (NSW) economy, has been hosted by an Australian city. It is expected to attract around 1,000 delegates.

The new International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney, set to open December 2016, has now secured nineteen events worth a combined $150m (£81m) for the city. C&IT reported last week that the venue will host £10m World Congress of Accountants in 2018.

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith joined the NSW Business Chamber in Tokyo last month for its formal bid presentation to the Executive Council, which was the final stage of a two-year process to secure the event.

"It was a pleasure to work alongside the committed and hard-working teams at the NSW and Sydney business chambers on this fantastic win. I have every confidence that the ICC WCF World Chambers Congress in Sydney in 2017 will be one of the best ever," she said.

"Sydney is where business connects. It’s a global metropolis that is attracting thought leaders, prominent business professionals and respected academics. And as the global economy shifts its sights to the Asia-Pacific region, Sydney is ideally placed to host the business leaders of the future," she added.

ICC Sydney will be operated by global venue manager AEG Ogden. AEG Ogden group director of convention centres and CEO of ICC Sydney Geoff Donaghy said he was honoured to again be hosting an ICC WCF World Chambers Congress.

"Having successfully hosted the ICC WCF World Chambers Congress in Kuala Lumpur in 2009 and in Qatar in 2013, we look forward to offering a Sydney experience to congress delegates with the service and hospitality expected of an AEG Ogden venue," he commented.

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