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ICC Sydney marks milestone 12 months of operations
The International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has today celebrated 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 $1.5 billion development, which comprises an industry leading convention centre, a world class theatre and 35,000 metre² exhibition space capacity has been widely acknowledged as 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, stating “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 on 20th 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.
ICC Sydney Chief Executive 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, advising “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.
He continued “as a result of putting innovation at the heart of our organisation, ICC Sydney has received strong praise and recognition for a raft of industry leading initiatives. We were the first conference venue in Australia to introduce a virtual reality headset, our consortium achieved LEED Gold status for our all encompassing approach to sustainability, and we have delivered a raft of socio-economic benefits across the State through our unique Feeding Your Performance culinary philosophy.”
The innovation focus will continue at ICC Sydney in 2018, as the venue prepares to launch its unique multi-streamed Legacy Program in January. Spanning four streams including Innovators, Generation Next, Aboriginal Australia and Sustainability, the approach has been designed to connect the world’s brightest minds, industry leaders and delegates across a diverse cross-section of Sydney’s vibrant community with impactful end-to-end experiences.
Donaghy said it has been a truly remarkable year, with the team at ICC Sydney already looking ahead to 2018 and new ways to raise the bar within the events industry, adding “with 1,200 events secured until 2026, including the likes of major national and international symposiums such as Sibos 2018 in October, the 2018 World Congress of Accountants in November, COSPAR 2020 - dubbed the space Olympics - and the 18th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics (MedInfo 2021), the future for Sydney is looking bright.
“As we look to the new year, we remain focused on ensuring that everything we do consistently reaches a world class standard, and that we help foster powerful long term economic, cultural and environmental benefits for our clients, partners and visitors which are felt long after their events take place at ICC Sydney.”
Images ICC Sydney Celebrates First Year Anniversary (top), the venue from the air (middle) and at night (below).
2nd December 2017 - ICC SYDNEY LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE LEGACY PROGRAM
30th November 2017 - ICC SYDNEY WINS FURTHER ACCLAIM WITH TRIPLE AWARD WIN
13th September 2017 - DOUBLE AWARD WIN FOR ICC SYDNEY AT AUSTRALIAN HR AWARDS
12th July 2017 - MORE ACCOLADES FOR ICC SYDNEY
30th May 2017 - ICC SYDNEY LIGHTS UP DARLING HARBOUR DURING VIVID SYDNEY
1st May 2017 - STUDY SHOWS ICC SYDNEY AS AN INNOVATION DRIVER
7th April 2017 - ICC SYDNEY AWARDED AS AUSTRALIA’S BEST INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT
18th February 2017 - ICC SYDNEY MOVES INTO EXHIBITION SEASON WITH REED GIFT FAIR
12th December 2016 - NEW ICC SYDNEY PRECINCT OFFICIALLY OPENED BY NSW PREMIER
30th November 2016 - SHOWTIME AT NEW ICC SYDNEY
10th November 2016 - SHOWCASE DINNER DEMONSTRATES ICC SYDNEY EXCELLENCE AND VERSATILITY
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