‘Eager to get back to face-to-face events’ ICC Sydney’s bumper Xmas

ICC Sydney's Grand Ballroom.

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) will run another 60 events before Christmas and has over 250 events already confirmed for the first half of 2022 as the state sees an end to restrictions.

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said the events will have far reaching benefits for the local economy and into the regions through its extensive supply chains.

“In convening an increased number of face to face meetings and events, ICC Sydney and the industry we operate in will play an important role in revitalising Sydney’s CBD,” he said.

One of the earliest events to be delivered is The Property Council of Australia’s Women in Property Lunch, which will attract 1,000 guests from across the state to ICC Sydney in November, closely followed by the Council’s NSW Christmas lunch and the national Innovation and Excellence Awards in December.

The Property Council of Australia’s NSW Executive Director, Luke Achterstraat, said the organisation was delighted to see a return to in person events at ICC Sydney.

“Venues such as ICC Sydney are home to critical business events that help to draw visitation to the CBD,” he said.

“Not only is this a significant contributor to the city’s economic recovery, it is a signal that our city is a great place to work, visit and have fun in. As we have made great strides in our recovery journey, we are ready to proceed with our COVID safe event plans with great confidence at ICC Sydney.”

Achterstraat also highlighted that businesses and staff had come out in full force to enjoy events again.

“Two of our largest ever events, both with over 1300 registrations, have been scheduled for the same week and both have sold out well before the close date of registrations,” he said.

“People are eager to get back to face-to-face events, reconnect with their peers and networks, and embrace a sense of the new normal. This level of confidence demonstrates that considered event planning for COVID safe events is exactly what people are after as we take huge leaps towards a vibrant and activated city.”

Other forthcoming events include Informa Connect’s Sydney Morning Herald Sustainability Summit 2021, an event that was held in a virtual format in 2020. The Fertility Society of Australia Annual Conference will attract 800 medical and health professionals to ICC Sydney and the Carbon Market Institute’s 8th Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit will bring a further 300 delegates to the venue.