‘In calendar year 2016, Sydney delivered 61 international association meetings, driven through the strength of collaboration between BESydney, the New South Wales (NSW) Government including Destination NSW, universities, research institutes, associations, business and tourism, hospitality and retail industries,’ she says.
‘On top of the 61 international association meetings that contribute to the ICCA ranking, in 2016 the city also hosted 48 Asian incentive events, attracting over 21,000 delegates and worth $96.4m,’ she adds.
Lewis-Smith explains that business from the Asian incentive market has grown 20% year on year for the past five years and has been an important economic contributor during the three-year construction of the new convention centre.
‘We continue to see strong numbers from the region. Year to date, BESydney has secured 23 incentives that will see over 8,000 visit NSW, delivering over $40 million to the state’s economy,’ she says.
‘We have also seen the number of events from India double in the past 12 months.'
The future of business events in Sydney also looks strong, with 130 events secured to take place between now and 2023.
‘The opening of the new International Convention Centre Sydney is the start of a new era for Sydney,’ adds Lewis-Smith.
‘We look forward to welcoming some of the world’s largest business events such as International Bar Congress 2017, Sibos 2018, World Congress of Accountants 2018, LAUNCH Festival 2018 and 19, Robocup 2019, and FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics 2021 to name but a few.’