Just over twelve months ago on 20 December 2016, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) opened its doors as one of Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venues. Its first year of operation has made waves across the industry and put Sydney back on the map for international business events.
After three years of construction, the $1.5 billion development compromises an industry leading convention centre, a world-class theatre and 35,000sqm exhibition space.
Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney shares highlights of ICC Sydney’s inaugural year as well as what he is most looking forward to for the team and venue this year.
What are some of the key highlights from the ICC Sydney's opening year?
ICC Sydney’s first year of operation has been nothing short of success. In our first 12 months of operation, we delivered 755 events and welcomed 1.3 million visitors through the doors. We have put Sydney back on the map for business events and our presence in the industry has been felt on a world-wide scale.
Our first year saw many milestone moments for us, including a partnership with Sydney Water to reduce our ecological footprint by decreasing bottled water consumption onsite, receiving LEED Gold Status for our all-encompassing approach to sustainability and being the first conference in Australia to launch a virtual reality video experience.
Another first for the industry in Australia was our pilot of a mobile airline check-in and baggage drop service which offered conference delegates from around the world the ultimate in flexibility and convenience. Delivered in partnership with Off Airport Check In Solutions (OACIS), the trial offered international and interstate visitors a service to drop off their bags on the final day of the conference and make their way to Sydney Airport luggage-free.
The team at ICC Sydney has accomplished some remarkable achievements, while the venue itself has enriched the city’s financial and knowledge economies, underlining its reputation as one of the world’s most desirable events destinations.