Sydney Harbour

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) is set to take on broader responsibility and manage booking enquiries for the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct (SICEEP) and Glebe Island Expo until operators of the new facilities are appointed.

Glebe Island Expo is the interim facility that will house Sydney’s major public exhibitions and trade shows during the development of the 20-hectare Darling Harbour site that will be home to SICEEP – a world-class meeting place for the future.

Infrastructure NSW, which is delivering SICEEP for the NSW Government, will recommend the successful proponent in December 2012 and the operator for the interim facility is scheduled to be announced in March 2013.

Highlights of Glebe Island Expo

-Pavilion-style exhibition space of 15,000 square metres in a high quality, air-conditioned, fully serviced interim facility

-An adjacent flat space of 10,000 square metres for exhibitors to temporarily expand the space for larger public exhibitions and trade shows

-A weather-proofed and climate controlled environment

-Flexible space that can create reception areas and meeting rooms

-Close proximity to the CBD and a unique location on Sydney Harbour

-Availability for the entire construction period

-Event-related food and beverage facilities, such as pop-up cafes and restaurants

-Full ‘back of house’ facilities, such as loading-dock, external storage and waste management facilities.

Infrastructure NSW Project Director, Tim Parker said: “BESydney’s team has extensive knowledge of the events market and the expertise to oversee both the enquiry and booking process for both Glebe Island Expo and SICEEP. Our aim is to make the enquiry and booking processes as streamlined and user-friendly as possible. BESydney is already bidding on events for 2017 and beyond that will take place in the new facilities. The company is well placed to manage enquiries.”

Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of BESydney added: “The team is pleased to be taking on these new responsibilities. BESydney will be a one-stop shop for business events. Glebe Island Expo is part of the Sydney-wide interim solution that will enable Sydney to remain a vibrant hub for business events whilst SICEEP is constructed. The new facilities will deliver great opportunities for business events in the city, both now and in the future, and the team is looking forward to working closely with the industry to ensure their success.

“We already have a dedicated Event Delivery department that assists clients with sourcing venue options for their events. BESydney has been working closely over the past months to re-home the conferences and congresses it secured for Sydney that will be affected by the SICEEP development. This team will be expanded and will have dedicated staff to take on the responsibilities of the Glebe Island Expo and SICEEP.”

Exhibitions that will be affected by the SICEEP development will have first right of refusal for bookings for the interim facility. It is anticipated there will also be scope for additional events to be secured for Glebe Island Expo.

BESydney’s Event Delivery team will manage the bookings and Robyn Johnson, General Manager Event Delivery, said, “Our first priorities will be making sure that planned exhibitions have a home and ensuring that event organisers know Sydney will continue to deliver a world-class event experience during the development period.”

Glebe Island Expo was announced earlier this week by the NSW Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Brad Hazzard and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing, George Souris.

Infrastructure NSW will soon issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to companies interested in designing, building, operating and then removing the interim facility. Detailed designs have yet to be developed.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management

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