Australia venue update: ICC Sydney

In December, Sydney will unveil its state-of-the-art International Convention Centre (ICC), the focal point of the multi-million-pound development on the city centre's Darling Harbour.

Australia venue update: ICC Sydney
Australia venue update: ICC Sydney

Tipped to become Asia Pacific's premier convention and exhibition venue, the ICC Sydney will be vying to attract major events and delegates from around the globe.

The venue's grand ballroom will be the largest of its kind in Australia, accommodating up to 2,000 people with floor-toceiling windows offering spectacular views of the Sydney skyline. Additional event space includes 8,000-seat and 2,500-seat theatres, up to 70 additional meeting rooms and an external event deck spanning 5,000m2 with a bar and lounge overlooking the harbour. A 32,600m2 exhibition centre, the size of 26 Olympic swimming pools, will also be located within the complex.

The venue won't be without luxury hospitality for its international delegates when Accor's 600-room Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour hotel opens in 2017. Intercontinental Hotels Group has also announced that it will introduce a new 160-room Crowne Plaza hotel only a short distance from Darling Harbour, with an opening date scheduled for 2019.

Running through the centre of the Darling Harbour development will be The Boulevard, which will connect the ICC to the rest of the city centre. Chinatown, the Central Station and the Town Hall will be within a ten-minute walk where a plethora of bars and restaurants can be found invitingly along the way.

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