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MICEBTN - SEPT-NOV 2017 • Page 47 ICC Sydney welcomes first ‘millionth visitor’ THE INTERNATIONAL Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is living up to its reputation as Austral- ia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue, with New South Wales premier Gladys Bere- jiklian applauding its outstanding contribution to the local economy. According to new data, the venue has welcomed its one-millionth visi- tor and booked its 1000th event. It is also outperforming both the former Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Sydney Entertain- ment Centre combined, delivering a 22 per cent revenue increase during its first six months of operation when compared with the previous venues’ figures for their final six months of operation. Speaking at ICC Sydney after ad- dressing the 10th World Chambers Congress opening ceremony at the venue, Berejiklian said the venue’s strong performance will have a last- ing impact on the State. “ICC Sydney underpins Sydney’s reputation as one of the most desirable events destinations in the world. It is predicted to inject A$5 billion to the NSW economy over the next 25 years, and with 1,000 events already secured, it is well on track to deliver. “ICC Sydney is also becoming a powerful nexus between the local visitor and knowledge economies. Indeed, the events it hosts bring industry leaders, global experts and delegates from across sectors to our shores – to share insights and connect with their peers, all in the heart of Sydney.” Geoff Donaghy, chief executive ICC Sydney said the venue is going from strength to strength, helping to drive positive economic gains for the State alongside new event records for clients. “For example, the recent Sydney International Boat Show attracted 3,000 more visitors than originally anticipated and facilitated A$250 million worth of business on site. It was the most successful show since the GFC and delivered one fifth of the State’s turnover for the entire boating recreational indus- try, equivalent to one tenth of the national industry’s turnover.” Donaghy said the new venue underpins Sydney’s position as a leading and competitive events destination, attracting major new exhibitions and bringing others back to the heart of the city. “We have already secured 66 trade and consumer exhibitions in this calendar year alone, with almost half (42 per cent) of them new to market and new to Darling Harbour. The remaining 58 per cent of exhibitions make up returning shows, spanning industries includ- ing Healthcare, Retail, Food and Beverage, and Tourism and Travel, among others. Key events that reported visi- tor increases included Australian Healthcare Week 2017, Australian Tattoo Expo 2017, Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience 2017, 2017 Sydney Property Expo, Australian Energy Storage Conference and Ex- hibition 2017, Good Food and Wine 2017 and Online Retailer Confer- ence & e-Commerce Expo 2017. New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian said the venue’s strong performance will have a lasting impact on the State... Albany weekend markets a winner WESTERN Australia is well endowed with weekend markets, an attraction for visitors as well as a boon for local residents. They’re to be found in regional centres as well as in Perth. Among them is the Albany Boat- shed Markets www.albanyboatshed- markets.com held every Sunday (“rain, hail or shine,” say the organis- ers) from 10am-1pm at the Boatshed on Princes Royal Drive. They feature local growers and pro- ducers of fresh and gourmet foods, including wines from the Great South- ern. Albany artisans also showcase their work.