The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) today welcomed news from the acting Premier of New South Wales and Minister for Trade and Investment, Troy Grant, that construction of the new exhibition, convention and entertainment facilities at Darling Harbour were on target for opening in December 2016.
EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, said that over the past 12 months the site had been completely transformed with first, the demolition, and now clear evidence of the new structures rising out of the ground.
“With a redevelopment of this scale it’s good to know that construction by Lend Lease is progressing well and according to the timetable shared with industry.
“EEAA Members are major users of the exhibition and convention centre precinct and so it’s very pleasing to know that at this stage we can look forward to an on-time return to the site.”
During the three year construction work at Darling Harbour, “organisers” have adapted to the disruption and relocated their events including trade and consumer shows to Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island, Sydney Showground, Luna Park, Australian Technology Park, Dockside Pavilion and Royal Randwick. Sixty-five events of over 15,000sqm required a new home during the three years construction period.
“Over the coming months, clients of the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) will be keen to receive more detailed information about rates, calendars, and importantly operational and logistic plans.
“This will be the next step for clients of the new facility. At present, they are getting on with delivering events and shows that generate billions of dollars in trade, investment, export and visitation for Sydney and Australia.
The kick-off events for the Sydney 2015 events calendar are:
- Reed Gift Fairs February at Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island,
- Sydney 2015 Home & Giving Fair at Sydney Showground, and
- Fashion Exposed Revived at Sydney Showground
which will all be held between 20-24 February.
For a complete list of events around Australia check out EEAA event listings