Meetings No 19
Artificial Intelligence
Atti Soenarso: AI is soon an everyday commodity.
Cover Story
Anders Sörman-Nilsson
Gazing into the future of the meetings industry.
Europe is not a market
It is the will to live together.
Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre
“Our vision is to create Europe’s most attractive venue.”
Padraic Gilligan
Why ROI for meetings and incentives is a waste of time.
Elling Hamso
Why ROI is not a waste of time.
ICC Sydney
An important contributor to innovation.
Radar on penetrating the ­European meetings industry.
HR Technology
The Rise of AI
Rohit Talwar and Alexandra Whittington: On AI and HR.
Sustainable Growth
Scandinavian sustainability initiative expands.
In a Hole
Lending a hand.
Record number of association meetings in 2016.
Best Cities Global Forum
“Unlocking the collective intelligence.”
My 23 Best Tactics for Personal Greatness
Robin Sharma: “Protect your willpower.”
Technology and Meetings
Tech is key in creating purposeful meetings.
IMEX Frankfurt
Packed with opportunities.
Cyber Security
The Anti-Cloud
Jaak Geens and Linas Bukauskas on
Cyber vs. Personal
Roger Kellerman: “Now is the time to improve online security.”
MCI middle East and Zahara Tours
join forces to bring association events to Oman.
business intelligence
ibtm world pre-matched appointments
reach new high ahead of 30th anniversary edition.
Meeting Industry
Convene Hosted Buyer Programme
Reaches All-Time High.
Award winner
Gothenburg ranks number one
among sustainable and innovative cities.
association meetings
Inaugural Winners
of Incredible Impacts Grants Announced.

Nigeria, Senegal and Cape Verde
dominate the West African hotel pipeline with 77% of the total planned hotel rooms.
business Intelligence
Business events
must adopt Olympic standard when it comes to safety.
hotel news
Dubai’s first all-inclusive resort
sees big rise in demand.
maximum meeting place
Paris Convention Centre:
the largest conference centre in Europe.
Business Intelligence
Digital focus gives 13% uplift
for Denmark on German MICE market.
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ICC Sydney – An Important Contributor to Innovation

A new study from Deloitte Access Economics examining Sydney’s innovation and growth potential has highlighted International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) as an important contributor to innovation in the city – actively strengthening its local knowledge economy.

Delivered in partnership with Sydney Business Chamber and University of Technology Sydney (UTS), the Imagine Sydney, Create report has included a case study on Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct.

According to Deloitte Sydney Manager Partner, Dennis Krallis, ICC Sydney’s ability to connect the city’s knowledge hubs and attract global thought leaders to the nation’s cultural and economic capital will deliver powerful, long-term benefits.

“Innovation is key to Sydney’s future prosperity and Imagine Sydney, Create is focused on recognising and exploring growth opportunities for the decade ahead. Large, established organisations such as ICC Sydney, which use the power of connections to facilitate fresh ideas, are essential to realising our city’s social and economic potential. ICC Sydney will be central to attracting and driving conversations, research, investment and partnerships across sectors.”

Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney, says that the precinct is an important component of the NSW Government’s suite of infrastructure projects and through its role as a centre of creativity, is set to generate A$5 billion in economic benefit to NSW over the next 25 years.

“As the A$1.5 billion centrepiece of the wider A$3.4 billion rejuvenation of Darling Harbour, ICC Sydney connects the city’s financial districts, media and creative, cultural and student hubs. The precinct is also purpose-built to provide the ultimate platform for the world’s leaders and thinkers to meet, collaborate and innovate.

“ICC Sydney offers industry leading technology and 70 flexible meeting spaces, including three world class theatres, 35,000 sqm of exhibition space and a 5,000 sqm event deck, and will create new forums for knowledge sharing and ideation. The combination of location and facilities and an experienced, future-looking management team perfectly places ICC Sydney at the centre of NSW’s future prosperity.”

Geoff Donaghy notes that ICC Sydney’s Feeding Your Performance philosophy is also delivering a raft of socio-economic benefits across the State.

“ICC Sydney is driving business growth and economic development for regional communities by partnering with a network of local farmers. Their produce is helping us deliver ’smart’ dishes designed to fuel both body and mind for our delegates, and through our menus we are also working to showcase the regional food bowls of the state to an international audience.

“Our approach to creating a sustainable, local food and beverage supply chain is definitely an industry-first.”

According to the Deloitte Access Economics research, if just 10 percent of the 138,000 ’non-innovator businesses’ in Sydney made small incremental changes in best practice, process development, management methods and the like, Sydney’s gross regional product could increase by A$25 billion.

“We put innovation at the heart of our organisation and hope to be an inspiration for others, as we believe the benefits here are truly great. The future for Sydney is definitely bright and with ICC Sydney set to host more than 1,000 events annually within our first three years of operation, we are proud to be fostering continued innovation in the heart of the city,” adds Geoff Donaghy.