Sydney back in top Form
Business Events Sydney (BESydney) is back in form, having posted its best result since the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre was demolished three years ago to make way for the city’s newest flagship venue, ICC Sydney.
The convention bureau secured events worth more than $228 million during 2016/17. At its recent annual general meeting, BESydney announced that it had secured 93 events in the previous financial year, which are projected to bring 68,300 delegates to the city.
The result marks a third consecutive year of growth and advances on the 88 events secured during the previous year, which were worth a combined $232 million.
In the 2016/17 financial year, the harbour city hosted 85 business events that were secured by BESydney, which involved 41,400 delegates and contributed more than $170 million to the local economy.
BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith said the organisation’s strategy and “dogged focus over the past few challenging years without a convention centre” had brought success for the city.
NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the future of the lucrative business events industry in Sydney was “stronger than ever before”, with all of New South Wales riding high since the opening ICC Sydney in December 2016.