ICC’S new dawn

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THE ex­cite­ment around the pend­ing open­ing of Syd­ney’s new In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre was pal­pa­ble at an event at NSW Par­lia­ment House last month, where the state’s Min­is­ter for Tourism and Ma­jor Events, Stu­art Ayres, spoke about his re­cent visit to IMEX in Frank­furt. Ayres ad­mit­ted the con­struc­tion pe­riod of the new venue had been a “chal­leng­ing pe­riod” for the in­dus­try. Ayres said the ICC will be a “fan­tas­tic ad­di­tion to the land­scape and a sig­nif­i­cant en­hance­ment to our ca­pac­ity to sup­port busi­ness events in this city,” with feed­back at IMEX re­flect­ing a gen­uine buzz around the globe. Such is the in­ter­est in the new cen­tre’s de­but that Ayres said he’s now be­com­ing con­cerned about ac­com­mo­da­tion sup­ply, with the cen­tre’s open­ing set to fur­ther boost the al­ready high oc­cu­pancy lev­els ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing the con­struc­tion pe­riod.

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