Guests receive an insiders look at ICC Sydney
02 September 2015
International business events guests received an insider’s look this week at the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) that will open next year.
Nine Business Events Sydney (BESydney) board members were treated to the industry’s first behind-the-scenes look at the A$1.5 billion development.
Joining the first international business events site tour, Mr Rod Cameron, Executive Director of the Joint Meetings Industry Council said: “ICC Sydney has been designed with the future of meetings in mind. The way people interact is changing – we’ve seen rapid evolution in recent years and technology and generational behaviour will continue to revolutionise business events.”
“Having just stepped off the site tour, I can honestly say, this is a building that will be responding very effectively to those challenges. My appetite has been whet. I can’t wait to see it open next year.”
ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said he was delighted to show the distinguished group of key industry leaders and influencers how the venue was taking shape and how its integrated design would deliver a paradigm shift in the way that business events were delivered in the global city of Sydney.
“ICC Sydney delivers increased convention and exhibition capability and flexibility fitting of an international city like Sydney, however it’s the integrated design that is an absolute game-changer for delivering business events on the world stage in this city.
“This major infrastructure project is moving at a cracking pace and is another example of how the NSW Government is building tomorrow’s Sydney,” Mr Baird said.
“By the end of next year, we’ll have a state-of-the-art convention centre that truly befits a global city and one that cements Sydney as the number one place to do business.”
Mr Constance said the vibrant waterfront at Darling Harbour will ensure international delegates have an unmatched visitor experience.
“This is the biggest and most exciting change to Darling Harbour in 25 years,” Mr Constance said.
“ICC Sydney will reinstate Sydney as one of the world’s premier business events destinations, boosting the economy by at least $200 million each year.”
Business Events Sydney (BESydney) CEO, Lyn Lewis-Smith said her organisation and ICC Sydney are currently working together to secure events that could deliver around $300 million in direct expenditure to NSW, supporting thousands of jobs.
"BESydney has secured more than 20 international events for ICC Sydney, attracting more than 200,000 delegates,” she said.
ICC Sydney is being delivered by the NSW Government in partnership with Darling Harbour Live, comprising Lendlease, Hostplus, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless FM.