The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre has been recognised as Australia’s best venue in the annual Australian Event Awards, announced in Sydney last night.
The accolade follows the Centre’s recent celebration of its 25th anniversary and comes as the venue prepares for its December closure to allow for the redevelopment of the Darling Harbour meeting precinct in response to growing demand.
In welcoming the award, Centre Chief Executive Ton van Amerongen paid tribute to his team for their work in continuing to deliver a world-class event experience to clients and delegates.
“Over the past year, we have had the unprecedented task of managing peak business levels while preparing for the closure of a successful business,” Mr van Amerongen said.
“It’s been an extraordinary time, but my team has continued to excel throughout, and I cannot praise them enough for their efforts.”
In its award submission, the Centre highlighted its commitment to continuous improvement.
Over the past year the Centre has enhanced its focus on risk and safety, with a campaign to drive the principles of a safe work environment, and continued to demonstrate its commitment to the environment, with significant reductions in the usage of electricity, water and paper. Other initiatives have included the introduction of new website features and new online ordering facilities for exhibitors.
Mr van Amerongen said he was thrilled that the Centre had received the award in its final year.
“Over the past 25 years it’s been the Centre’s privilege to not only play a role in putting Sydney on the meetings map, but to nurture a fantastic group of professional staff and assist other businesses in the meetings sector.
“We have loved every minute of it and are very grateful for this recognition.”