Audio visual displays at RESPECT - An ICC Sydney Experience, hosted in Darling Harbour Theatre.

CEO Update – February 2024

29 Feb 2024

The year was off to flying start here at ICC Sydney and it is timely to share our first 2024 update with you. Our caring and passionate team of professionals is thrilled to have already supported the successful delivery of 50 events this year. Also, we participated in an important annual engagement – the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME). It was gratifying to see many of you there as ICC Sydney exhibited alongside our partners, Destination New South Wales and Business Events Sydney.

While at AIME, we highlighted a key feature of our ICC Sydney team culture and business operations – respect. Respect is part of ICC Sydney’s DNA. From engaging with community partners to selecting sustainable food and beverage options, ICC Sydney demonstrates a steadfast commitment to creating events that resonate with diverse audiences and uphold principles of respect and inclusivity.

We formally launched our ‘RESPECT: Shaping Events for Successreport developed in collaboration with research agency McCrindle that sheds light on the changing events landscape – with relevance for international and national events. According to the report, a significant majority of Australians are actively engaging in local entertainment (69%) and business events (46%), with a notable presence from Generation Z. This underscores the growing importance of creating event experiences that resonate with diverse audiences across five generations and cater to their evolving values.

The ‘RESPECT: Shaping Events for Success’ report identified six key trends – from curated event experiences, socially impactful events, sustainable gatherings, events that prioritise health and wellbeing to human centric technology at events – these attendee expectations are all underpinned by ICC Sydney’s Legacy Program which now features an ‘Inclusion and Belonging’ focus alongside First Nations, Innovators and Entrepreneurs, Creative Industries and Environmentally Sustainable events.

We were proud to present the RESPECT experience which brought to life the RESPECT: Shaping Events for Success report. The event reflected the rich tapestry of the community partnerships established through our Legacy Program – inspiring events that meet ever-growing attendee demand for environmentally and socially responsible experiences.

An engaging aspect of the carbon neutral event was our culinary service team’s presentation of our carbon friendly Menu Collection and inclusive culinary practices including sophisticated alcohol-free cocktails and First Nations owned and operated beverage suppliers, alongside delectable bite sized indulgent dishes. Be inspired by our RESPECT highlights video: ICC Sydney | RESPECT – An ICC Sydney Experience Event Highlights.  

Our commitment to deliver inclusive, accessible and socially impactful events was also highlighted at the Elevate the Stage event and I am delighted to share our case study video: Elevate The Stage 2023 Case Study. 

Your sincerely, 

Geoff Donaghy

CEO, ICC Sydney  

Group Director – Convention Centre, ASM Global (APAC)