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Luxury Hotel announced for International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney precinct

Luxury Hotel announced for International Convention Centre Sydney precinct

International Convention Centre Sydney Chief Executive Officer and AEG Ogden Group Director of Convention Centres, Geoff Donaghy, has welcomed today’s announcement of a new luxury 5 Star Sofitel hotel for Sydney’s new premier business events precinct on Darling Harbour.

He said: “Our international and national attendees will now have a deluxe 5 Star hotel just 30 metres from the entrance to the harbour side foyer entry to the conventional centre, further adding to the great array of accommodation choices within easy walking distance of the venue.

“Today’s technology enables us to inform and involve delegates better than ever before and we look forward to providing exceptional experiences at what is set to become ICC Sydney’s headquarters hotel. We look forward to exploring a range of exciting options with Accor to create the Sofitel as a genuine headquarters offering providing a seamless and integrated event experience for our mutual clients and guests.”

The hotel, which will reportedly offer 600-rooms, will be a standout feature of the NSW Government’s AUS$2.5bn transformation of Darling Harbour into a world-class convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct.

NSW Deputy Premier, Andrew Stoner, said:

This will be the first large luxury hotel built in Sydney’s CBD since the 2000 Olympics, and shows that Sydney well and truly has its mojo back. The hotel will be operated by Accor under its French luxury hotel brand Sofitel, which aligns with the conference, special event and tourism functions of Darling Harbour.

The NSW Government is delighted that its development partner for this part of the project, Lend Lease, has secured an agreement with Australia’s largest private hotel investor, Dr Jerry Schwartz, to deliver the hotel.

The new hotel will provide convenient and contemporary accommodation for delegates to the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), increasing Sydney’s appeal for major international business events.

He added:

ICC Sydney will be capable of collectively hosting more than 12,000 delegates and holding multiple large conferences and exhibitions concurrently, and will ensure NSW remains a leading destination for business events in the Asia Pacific.

Construction of the AUS$1.1bn centre is well underway, and it is attracting increasing global interest, highlighted by the recent announcement that Sydney has secured Sibos, the largest and most influential financial event in the world, for 2018.

Please read the full NSW Deputy Premier’s media announcement here.


About ICC Sydney
Opening in December 2016, ICC Sydney is Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and event precinct. The showcase international venue presents Australia’s largest and first fully-integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment centre, underpinning Sydney’s place as one of the world’s most desirable meeting and major events destinations. ICC Sydney is the epicentre of a 20-hectare transformation of Darling Harbour by the NSW Government to highlight Sydney as the first choice in Australia and the Asia Pacific region for the major events industry. ICC Sydney is being delivered by Darling Harbour Live, comprising Lend Lease, Hostplus, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless, in partnership with the NSW Government.

Infrastructure NSW is the NSW Government agency managing the 20-hectare transformation – Darling Harbour’s most exciting renewal in 25 years. Darling Harbour and the new convention, exhibition and entertainment venues will continue to be publicly owned through Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, which is presenting a dynamic calendar of events during the redevelopment to keep the precinct active and vibrant.

ICC Sydney is operated by globally acclaimed and leading venue manager AEG Ogden, joining the group’s exceptional stable of world-class venues.

About AEG Ogden
AEG Ogden is an Australian controlled joint venture between Australian venue management interests and AEG Facilities of the United States.

AEG Ogden manages venues throughout the Asia Pacific region, including convention centres in Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur, Hyderabad (currently in design), Oman (opening 2016), ICC Sydney (opening December 2016) and the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island; Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane; arenas including the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and the adjacent Sports Centre, Sydney’s Allphones Arena, the Qantas Credit Union Arena (formerly the Sydney Entertainment Centre), the Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Perth Arena; and live theatres including Perth’s His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth Concert Hall, the WA State Theatre Centre, Albany Entertainment Centre, and Subiaco Arts Centre.

In addition, AEG Facilities was recently announced as operator of both the Los Angeles Convention Centre and Hawaii Convention Centre.