International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) wowed leaders from across Sydney’s business, entertainment, media, academic and events communities last night, showcasing its world class capabilities with an exclusive Showcase Dinner within the dazzling Grand Ballroom – the largest of its kind in Australia.
The spectacular event was the latest in a calendar of 30 ‘test events’ designed to put every facet of the building through its paces prior to its launch in December, including the state-of-the-art kitchens which are the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.
More than 800 guests were invited in thanks for their support of the ICC Sydney team in its opening phase, including clients from the venue’s 400 confirmed events. Attendees enjoyed a bespoke five course banquet inspired by ICC Sydney’s industry leading Feeding Your Performance philosophy, designed to fuel both body and mind.
Stellar performances from some of the nation’s top emerging musicians, courtesy of the Talent Development Project, and addresses from ICC Sydney leaders also helped highlight how the venue will create a paradigm shift in the way events are delivered in Sydney.
CEO of ICC Sydney, Geoff Donaghy, said: “The Showcase Dinner was a fantastic success and I would like to thank everyone who attended and congratulate all of the staff, performers and partners who made it possible. This is a crucial stride in ensuring our team and venue meets our industry leading benchmark ahead of ICC Sydney’s official launch this December.
“I am looking forward to seeing the precinct in full action and am pleased to say that we have an impressive array of secured events – from performances by international superstars like Keith Urban and PJ Harvey, to business events with the World Accountants Congress and International Bar Association,” he said.
Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Chipchase, said: “ICC Sydney will not only boost business visitor numbers, but also encourage longer stays as delegates take in fantastic shows and exhibitions. The venue’s approach to food and beverage will help showcase amazing local produce too, and this is a fantastic way to shine a spotlight on what regional New South Wales has to offer.”
Tourism Australia’s Executive General Manager of Events, Penny Lion, said: “ICC Sydney is a $1.5 billion venue, and from what I’ve seen, it’s money well spent. The precinct will become a hub of activity and the flow on effect for the travel and tourism industry will be extremely positive.”
TV personality and Chef, Lyndey Milan, commented: “I am delighted to see an organisation as large as ICC Sydney sourcing local, sustainable produce and acknowledging the producers who work so hard to provide quality ingredients. It is a wonderful advertisement for Australia and our farmers. Moreover, it is fantastic to see someone like William Wilson, a graduate of the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers, in charge of ICC Sydney’s Wine Collection as he is such a strong supporter of New South Wales and wider Australian wine.”
CEO of TEG, Geoff Jones, said: “ICC Sydney is set to become a mecca of entertainment. The level of detail in every aspect of tonight’s event shows that this is a precinct run by people who know what national and international audiences want from a venue.”
CEO of Business Events Sydney, Lyn Lewis-Smith, commented: “What an event! This amazing venue underscores Sydney’s position as one of the world’s most attractive destinations and will help draw business, experts and events from around the globe to our shores. It’s a game-changer for our city.”
Managing Director of George P Johnson Experience Marketing, Caleb Bush, noted: “The venue is extremely impressive. From the design and infrastructure, to the service, it is world class.”
Upon opening, ICC Sydney will offer five star convention and exhibition centres, 8,000sqm of meeting room space, a 5,000sqm open air event deck, and three individual theatre spaces, including the 9,000 capacity ICC Sydney Theatre, which houses Australia’s biggest stage area.