BESydney welcomes plans for Australia’s largest integrated convention precinct
Sydney’s convention bureau, Business Events Sydney (BESydney), welcomes today’s news detailing the exciting future plans for the new 20-hectare international convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct in Darling Harbour.
The precinct, which has the working title ‘Darling Harbour Live’, will incorporate the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) and a red carpet entertainment venue with an innovative fan-shaped layout, a hotel complex of up to 900 rooms and an innovative upgrade of the public domain.
Due to be completed by late 2016, the proposed design was revealed by the New South Wales Premier this morning. The successful consortium has been announced as Destination Sydney, comprising AEG Ogden, Lend Lease, Capella Capital and Spotless Facilities Services.
Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of BESydney comments, “Sydney needs an iconic, contemporary and versatile meetings precinct befit of Australia’s global city. What’s been revealed today delivers all of this – and more! This innovation hub in the heart of Sydney will create opportunities to host more international events that help to drive our knowledge economy. The precinct will also be a hive of residential and retail, leisure spaces and more. It will connect our educational, creative and multicultural precincts. Above all, it will have the character, dynamism and energy that Sydney is renowned for.”
“The development of this state-of-the-art precinct will ensure Sydney maintains its leading position as Australia’s premier business events destination, driving value for both NSW visitor and knowledge economies. Last year, we secured events that will deliver an estimated $225.6 million in economic impact for the state. This doesn’t include the trade and investment opportunities created, or the results of global innovation taking place right here in Sydney.”
With an impressive track-record of over 40 years’ of success, BESydney is continuing to grow a strong pipeline of business for Sydney and NSW. This success is built on innovative strategies, an expert global team and a future-focused outlook.
This is particularly clear in the organisation’s ongoing efforts to compete for, and secure, events for the new ICC Sydney in 2017 and beyond. As at 10 December 2012, BESydney had secured 107 conferences, congress and incentive programs that will see over 432,420 delegate days spent in the harbour city from 2012 to 2018. Worth an estimated $353.5 million to the NSW economy, the strong pipeline of business is a clear sign that Sydney remains a strong player in the global business events market.
Commenting on the slated opening of the precinct in late 2016, Ms Lewis-Smith says, “We already have a number of expressions of interest from event planners who are keen to use the new facilities and this list continues to grow!”
“In fact, we’ve had clients commit to hosting their event in the facility, even ahead of seeing any designs or floor plans. This speaks volumes about the excitement that’s being generated by news of the development, and of course, the trust that our clients have in Sydney’s ability to deliver.”
One of these events is the International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference. Mr Fred Chilton, International Law Section, Law Council of Australia, who led the successful bid for Sydney says, “We are looking forward to welcoming the expected 4,000 delegates to the IBA Conference in Sydney in 2017.”
BESydney will continue to manage booking enquiries for ‘Darling Harbour Live’ until early next year.
For more information on today’s announcement visit www.siceep.com