ICC Sydney gets greenlight to hold exhibitions with no capacity limits

Exhibitions are set to return to the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) after getting the greenlight from the NSW Department of Health.

ICC Sydney is able to proceed with public exhibitions, subject to one person per 4 square metres of space and no capacity limit.

The first two exhibitions off the grid at ICC Sydney will be the Reed Gift Fairs and Life Instyle in February.

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said the exhibition industry plays a fundamental role in the venue’s success.

“The exhibition market accounts for approximately one quarter of our business, which in a typical year can be up to 70 events, so this updated advice from the NSW Department of Health is a significant step forward for the business events industry following the impact of COVID-19,” he said.

The return of ICC Sydney’s exhibitions calendar is expected to deliver significant benefits to Sydney and NSW with direct and indirect delegate expenditure. The annual economic impact of Reed Gift Fairs and Life Instyle alone is estimated by event organisers to exceed $30 million.

Reed Exhibitions managing director Brian Thomas said the return of the Reed Gift Fairs and Life Instyle to ICC Sydney will be a catalyst for Australia’s recovery to begin.

“We are delighted that Australia’s gift and homewares industry will be one of the first to benefit from exhibitions recommencing at ICC Sydney,” he said.

“Trade events and exhibitions have always been places where entire industries come together in one place to celebrate what they do, build connections and, of course, trade. The flow on benefits of this are substantial and we hope this update will be the catalyst for the recovery of other industries.”

All exhibitions held at ICC Sydney will be delivered in line with the venue’s ASM Global Venue Shield EventSafe Operating Framework while meeting the current NSW Government restrictions.

“ICC Sydney’s Exhibition Centre boasts 35,000 sqm of internal exhibition space across seven halls, providing exhibitors and visitors’ ample space to trade with peace of mind,” said Donaghy.

“We are working closely with Reed Exhibitions to ensure stringent safety measures are in place.”

Exhibitions that form part of a corporate event, such as conferences, are still subject to NSW Government capacity limits of 300 people per event.