Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue marks major milestone
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) today celebrates its first anniversary, marking one year since the venue officially opened to the public, raising Sydney’s profile as a true hub for collaboration, inspiration and innovation on the global stage.
Three years in the making, the A$1.5 billion development, which comprises an industry leading convention centre, a world class theatre and 35,000sqm exhibition space capacity is a key component of the NSW Government’s recent suite of infrastructure projects.
NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Victor Dominello said the NSW Government is proud to see its vision for the venue come to life.
“ICC Sydney is not just an iconic destination that our beautiful, international city requires, it is also a flagship of the NSW Government to deliver world class events to our great city. The ICC Sydney team have done an outstanding job in delivering a high number of first class events in such a short period of time.”
Since opening 20 December 2016, ICC Sydney has delivered 700 events, grown its team to 1,700 employees and welcomed 1.25 million delegates, visitors and attendees to some of Australia’s – and the world’s – most highly regarded business events.
CEO of ICC Sydney, Geoff Donaghy said that in just 12 months ICC Sydney has enriched the city’s financial and knowledge economies, underscoring its reputation as one of the world’s most desirable events destinations.
“We set out to open a world class venue, in a world class location with a world class team and I’m confident to say we have achieved this. Our presence has been felt on a global scale and we are well on track to contribute at least A$5 billion to the local economy in the next 25 years.”
Donaghy said that some key highlights from 2017 include hosting the 10th World Chambers Congress in Sydney for the first time, bringing the REED Gift Fairs back to the heart of the city after three years with a 23% increase in attendance, and welcoming 4,500 delegates from 128 countries to Sydney for the International Bar Association Annual Conference.