ICC Sydney exhibitions calendar signals sector rebound

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Get Local is returning to ICC Sydney in June 2023. Image © O'Neill Photographics

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has kicked off its exhibition calendar this year with two shows targeting consumer and trade audiences already held this month.

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said exhibitions were an extremely important market segment for Sydney that delivered the potential for the acceleration of new businesses, face to face networking and a platform for millions of dollars in business to be exchanged on the show floor.

“The return of ICC Sydney’s exhibitions calendar is expected to reboot business opportunities during events at the venue while delivering significant benefits to Sydney and across New South Wales,” he said.

“Direct and indirect delegate expenditure is set to boost the state economy and positively impact local businesses while our long, deep supply chain reaches out into regional areas.

“In a stabilised year, exhibition attendees alone spend more than $340 million in the local economy.”

Event Crowd’s Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo kicked off this year’s calendar attracting 8,000 attendees and 120 exhibitors across two days, highlighting the confidence in the community to get back to attending in person events.

“The support from the whole team at ICC Sydney has been exceptional,” said Event Crowd managing director Cameron Just.

“Our exhibitors and attendees’ feedback has reinforced what we saw on the exhibition floor – an enthusiastic and confident return to face to face events.

“Our Sydney event has set a high benchmark for safe and engaging exhibition delivery and we look forward to creating more opportunities for brands and consumers to connect in the coming months.”

This week the venue held its first trade show for the year, Get Local, attracting 500 registered buyers.

Get Local co-founder Gary Bender said they were grateful for the collaboration with ICC Sydney and industry partners in delivering a successful expo.

“Throughout the rocky path of the last two years of the pandemic, ICC Sydney’s support and flexibility ensured our team, exhibitors, partners and attendees felt accommodated, allowing them to enjoy the recommencement of exhibitions and a reunion of the business events industry,” Bender said.

Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia president Nicole Walker said the restart of exhibitions at ICC Sydney signalled a rebound for the exhibition sector.

“It was terrific to see the ICC Sydney team delivering at its usual best,” she said.

“From event management, the logistics of the COVID safety measures and the high quality of the food and beverage services, the venue fulfilled its ambition to support clients and get people networking in person again. I look forward to seeing the exhibitions industry continue to rebuild in the coming months.”

ICC Sydney has over 200 events scheduled in until the end of financial year.