ICC Sydney events calendar energises CBD’s recovery

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The International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is back on track to achieve pre-pandemic levels of economic contribution to the broader economy with 150 restriction free events during Autumn.

The venue’s calendar of events, which includes the return of international business events, is expected to draw 300,000 visitors to Sydney’s CBD and the Darling Harbour precinct.

This month will see ICC Sydney host the Smart Energy Conference and Exhibition, 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering and the INDO PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition 2022.

The coming months roster of events include the Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPcular, Snow Travel Expo, Autumn Home Show and Mind and Body Spirit Expo.

“Events this Autumn have the potential to deliver $130 million in visitor spend in the local economy, setting us back on our course to return to achieving $900 million in delegate spend annually,” ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said.

“We know that events need an activated and energised CBD to be successful and provide positive experiences for attendees, but the converse is also true, business and entertainment events are essential in energising and activating the CBD.”

Paul Nicolaou, executive director of Business Sydney, said events attract hundreds of thousands of visitors into the CBD.

“Over the past month, we have seen a strong return in footfall to the world class dining and bar experiences that Sydney’s CBD has to offer,” he said.

“We look forward to the continued recovery and revitalisation of the businesses in the area, supported by ICC Sydney visitors.”

Gabriel Metcalf, CEO of Committee for Sydney, said Sydney was set to recover “better and stronger than before”.

“When you look at what’s going on to get people travelling again, ICC Sydney is core infrastructure that underpins Sydney’s economic performance, attracting global talent and giving them a reason to stay and spend time here,” Metcalf said.

“We’ve had a tough couple of years, but many of the actions to navigate the pandemic, including al fresco dining and support for the night time economy, have just made us more attractive as a destination.”