ICC Sydney granted exemption to host larger conferences by NSW government

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ICC Sydney granted exemption to host larger conferences by NSW government

The International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has received exemption to hold corporate events and conferences for up to 1,500 people.

The exemption was granted by the New South Wales Department of Health. Current rules dictate that no venue in the state can hold corporate events for more than 300 people at a time, and only one person per four square metres.

ICC Sydney will be subscribing to these 300-capacity and four-metre rules, but separate areas of the venue will each be allowed to host 300 delegates, allowing for a total of 1,500.

The first large-scale event to be held at the venue will be the 1,500 capacity Committee on Space Research Scientific Assembly, a hybrid event organized by the International Council for Scientific Unions. It is expected to take place from 28 January – 4 February 2021.

ICC Sydney was recently granted permission to host uncapped exhibitions at one person per four square metre, and welcome 2,400 people to its Aware Super Theatre.

Today (23 November) also marks the reopening of the border between Victoria and New South Wales, allowing delegates to attend events at either state.

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said: “We are pleased to receive an exemption from the NSW Department of Health, which is testament to ICC Sydney’s ability to safely resume running larger events.

“Our industry has been hard hit since March. This exemption will significantly improve ICC Sydney’s ability to attract corporate events, which is essential for the wider recovery of Australia’s business event’s sector – worth over AUD$36bn annually to our economy”.

Stuart Wood is a news reporter across the Mash Media editorial portfolio. He writes for CMW alongside sister publications Conference News, Exhibition News, Access All Areas and Exhibition World.

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