The new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is already proving to be a huge success, securing 1000 events just 10 months after opening its doors and is on track to inject $5 billion into the NSW economy over the next 25 years.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the ICC Sydney has set a new standard for convention and exhibition venues and cemented the city’s status as Australia’s major events and tourism capital.
“More than one million visitors have already been through the ICC’s doors and revenue is up 22 per cent compared to the last six months of the old Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Sydney Entertainment Centre combined,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“That’s one million people eating in our restaurants, staying in our hotels and shopping in our stores. The new ICC has been a huge job creator for Sydney, pouring billions into the NSW economy.
“It’s another example of how the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is working for you by investing in infrastructure which grows the economy and secures jobs.
“The $1.5 billion venue has quickly become the most desirable business meeting location and exhibition space in the country.”
The 1000th event booked for the ICC Sydney will be the World Congress on Medical Informatics (MedInfo) 2021. The international event is expected to bring 1,700 specialists to the city.
“MedInfo is an example of one of the important events we’re attracting to Sydney now we have a world class convention centre with six football fields of trade show floor space,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“We’re also able to host major events back to back, as the ICC has the ability to quickly pack up one event and prepare for the next. Recently the venue hosted six events in six days in the Ballroom alone.”
ICC Sydney employs 1,800 people. It has had 300 full time staff and 1,500 casual staff on its books since opening in December 2016.