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Interest 'booming' as new ICC Sydney confirms 35 exhibitions

ICC Sydney's management in talks with a further 30 events ahead of December opening

Pictured: ICC Sydney is set to open in December 2016

Sydney's forthcoming convention centre, ICC Sydney, has confirmed 35 exhibitions to kick off its inaugural business events season in 2017.

The management team behind the AUD$1.5 billion centre (£750 million) centre say they 'couldn't be happier' with the interest, adding that 30 more events are under negotiation.

Events that have been secured include the Sydney International Boat Show (worth £250m in economic impact), Fine Food (£25m) and the 28th Australasian Gaming Expo.

The State Trade and Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said: “The amount of interest and excitement about ICC Sydney is booming and we are thrilled to see the exhibition industry returning to its rightful home in Darling Harbour."

The ICC Sydney is part of the state government's $3.4b (£1.7b) revitalisation of the Darling Harbour.

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy added: “Exhibitions are critical to the business mix of a global city. When ICC Sydney opens Sydney will have an international business events venue to suit its status as Australia’s centre of business and innovation. 

“In addition to the 35 events, we have a further 30 under negotiation. We couldn’t be happier with the strong response from the exhibition industry, its support for the project and the excitement building around ICC Sydney’s opening."

Gary Fitz Roy, MD of Expertise Events said he and his exhibitors were looking forward to returning to a rejuvenated precinct at Darling Harbour.

“From what I’ve seen of ICC Sydney, I know our exhibitors are going to love doing business there. The high calibre venue and supportive operations team are enhanced by a variety of options available for follow up meetings and business networking locations in and around the building,” he said.

ICC Sydney is being delivered by the NSW Government and is operated by venue management group AEG Ogden.

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