International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has received an exemption to hold corporate events and conferences for up to 1,500 people, following approval from the NSW Department of Health.
Corporate events will be subject to one person per four square metres and allocated to groups no larger than 300 people in separate areas within ICC Sydney.
The latest good news follows recent announcements that ICC Sydney can host uncapped exhibitions at one person per four square metres and welcome 2,400 patrons to its Aware Super Theatre.
ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said the increased capacity limit for corporate events is testament to ICC Sydney’s ability to safely resume running larger events.
“This exemption will significantly improve ICC Sydney’s ability to attract corporate events, which is essential for the wider recovery of Australia’s business event’s sector, worth over $36 billion annually to our economy,” he said.
Preparations are now underway to welcome back larger conferences, with the 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly set to be the first of these events welcomed back. To be held in a hybrid format in conjunction with a Space STEM Park, the Assembly will attract up to 1,500 local participants. A bespoke virtual platform will stream to an audience that is anticipated to exceed 3,000 attendees.
The news comes as the border between Victoria and NSW opens today, allowing greater movement of people between the two states for domestic event attendance.
Business Council of Australia CEO and BECA Chair Dr Vanessa Findlay said this was momentous news for Australia’s business events industry.
“The decision to allow gatherings of 1,500 people for corporate events at ICC Sydney is testament to the confidence that the team has been able to build with its government partners,” she said.