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.”