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Page 20 • MICEBTN - May-June 2018 Sydney is Australia’s top business events destination again - and BESydney already has a further 130 bookings locked down a world-class convention centre after three years with- out one, and has been able to host some of the world’s biggest international events. In its first full year of operation, the award-winning International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) hosted, among others, the ICC WCF World Chambers Congress 2017, Open- Stack Summit 2017, the International Bar Association Annual Conference and the International Conference of the Institute of Internal Auditors 2017, all secured by BEsydney. In addition to the association events tracked by ICCA, BESydney also delivered a record-breaking 59 Asian SYDNEY has again been named Australia’s number one destination for business events, according to the latest annual International Congress and Conven- tion Association (ICCA) country and city rankings. The report sees the harbour city retain its top spot within Australia and climb from 10th to seventh place in the Asia Pacific. In total, Sydney hosted 76 interna- tional meetings in 2017, a 25 per cent increase on the 61 reported for 2016. Sydney’s global ranking has also jumped from num- ber 41 to 26, while Australia’s overall position rose from 16 to 14. Business Events Sydney (BESydney) is the bidding organisation responsible for securing international business events for the city and state. Lyn Lewis-Smith, chief executive BESydney said the ICCA results were testament to the strength of those partnerships. “This is a fantastic result and Sydney has held on to its status as Australia’s premier destination for in- ternational business events,” said Lewis-Smith. “Our continued success on the world stage is the outcome of invaluable cross-sector collaborations that show Sydney understands the value of bringing global lead- ers together to shape agendas and solve some of the world’s most important challenges.” The results also reflect the fact that Sydney again has ICC Sydney hosted several major events secured by BESydney.