Opening in December 2016, ICC Sydney confirmed 35 exhibition events today to launch its 2017 business events season.
NSW Trade and Tourism Minister, the Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, said the state government’s investment in ICC Sydney, a $1.5 billion project within the $3.4 billion revitalisation of Darling Harbour, was attracting serious interest across all of the convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct’s market segments.
“The amount of interest and excitement about ICC Sydney is booming and we are thrilled to see the exhibition industry returning to its rightful home in Darling Harbour.
“A major contributor to the New South Wales economy, the exhibition industry attracts more than half a million people each year and generates about $100 million annually in economic benefit to the state of New South Wales,” Minister Ayres said.
ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy is delighted with the response from the exhibition industry, and is looking forward to welcoming both long standing and new concepts to the world’s most anticipated convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct after its opening in December this year.
“Exhibitions are critical to the business mix of a global city. When ICC Sydney opens Sydney will have an international business events venue to suit its status as Australia’s centre of business and innovation.
“In addition to the 35 events we can announce today, we have a further 30 under negotiation. We couldn’t be happier with the strong response from the exhibition industry, its support for the project and the excitement building around ICC Sydney’s opening,” Mr Donaghy said.
Events have been secured with all of the major exhibition operators in Australia, including Reed Exhibitions, Diversified Communications Australia, Expertise Events, Australasian Gaming Expo and Boating Industry Association, which runs the iconic and much loved Sydney International Boat Show.
Boating Industry Association National CEO Howard Glenn said investment in the future of the exhibition industry through the delivery of ICC Sydney would help set his industry up for increased business success in the years ahead.
The Sydney International Boat Show is one of those events that promotes Sydney as a fantastic place to do business on an international scale while driving business for both the industry and the State.
“With one in five boat sales for the year occurring either at the show or as a result of it, the opportunity to exhibit our product is critical to our industry’s success.
The boat show delivers $500 million of turnover either during the show or immediately after it and in 2015 delivered $27.6 million in economic impact for the state of New South Wales.
“We hope a reinvigorated precinct on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours will help us to improve upon that”, Glenn said.