ICC Sydney Driving NSW Economy with Visitor and Bookings Boost

19 Sep 2017

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is living up to its reputation as Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue, with New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian this morning applauding its outstanding contribution to the local economy.

According to new data, the venue has welcomed its one-millionth visitor and booked its 1000th event. It is also outperforming both the former Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Sydney Entertainment Centre combined, with ICC Sydney delivering a 22 per cent revenue increase during its first six months of operation when compared with the previous venues’ figures for their final six months of operation.

Speaking at ICC Sydney moments after addressing the 10th World Chambers Congress opening ceremony at the venue this morning, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the venue’s strong performance will have a lasting impact on the State.

“ICC Sydney is a new icon in our city and underpins Sydney’s reputation as one of the most desirable events destinations in the world. It is predicted to inject A$5 billion to the NSW economy over the next 25 years, and with 1,000 events already secured, it is well on track to deliver.

“ICC Sydney is also becoming a powerful nexus between the local visitor and knowledge economies. Indeed, the events it hosts bring industry leaders, global experts and delegates from across sectors to our shores – to share insights and connect with their peers, all in the heart of Sydney.”

CEO of ICC Sydney, Geoff Donaghy, said the venue is going from strength to strength, helping to drive positive economic gains for the State alongside new event records for clients.

“ICC Sydney is proud to have welcomed more than one million visitors across over 500 different events, many of which have seen boosted success and attendance figures.

“For example, the recent Sydney International Boat Show attracted 3,000 more visitors than originally anticipated and facilitated $250 million worth of business on site. It was the most successful show since the GFC and delivered one fifth of the State’s turnover for the entire boating recreational industry, equivalent to one tenth of the national industry’s turnover.”

Donaghy said ICC Sydney’s dynamic combination of multipurpose spaces, accessibility, focus on delivering memorable experiences and location in the heart of a multicultural city have been key to the city’s success in attracting clients, including the 18th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics (MedInfo 2021) – the 1,000th event booked by ICC Sydney.

Organised by Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA), Australia’s peak professional body for digital health, e-health and health informatics, the event will bring international experts, researchers, clinicians and implementers in the fields of digital health technology and health informatics together, to discuss work that is transforming healthcare around the globe.

CEO of HISA Dr Louise Schaper, said ICC Sydney was the natural choice to host MedInfo 2021, which is expected to attract 1,700 delegates.

“ICC Sydney offers an attractive combination of leading facilities, an unbeatable location and a team of passionate professionals. We believe it provides the ultimate in choice, comfort and convenience for our delegates, and will help to foster the best possible environment for collaboration and innovation.”

ICC Sydney works closely with the NSW Government and Business Events Sydney, who led the bid to host MedInfo 2021.

With a raft of events in the coming months, including the International Bar Association Annual Conference, Engineers Australia Project Controls Conference and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Conference, ICC Sydney is set to continue its stellar performance and reach its target of hosting 1,000 events annually by its third year of operation.