Sydney has maintained its position as the top Australian city for global meetings in the annual International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) City Rankings. This result has come off the back of a record 2018 year in the face of growing competition around the world.
The size of the market for meetings run by international associations is growing, with ICCA this year identifying more than 13,000 global meetings rotating around the world (2018).
“As our ground-breaking Beyond Tourism Benefits research with the University of Technology Sydney first showed, global meetings are big business, with a long tail of economic and social impacts for the host city,”
says BESydney CEO, Lyn Lewis-Smith. “Since that research came out, the competitive landscape we operate in has shifted dramatically up a gear, as the sector as a whole has begun to more clearly articulate the business case to governments and local host communities and economies.”
In the face of competition, BESydney’s continued success is a testament to its collaborations – across the city, industries, with government and academia. “When we bid for meetings, we do so in the knowledge that Sydney has real strengths in that field or endeavour. Whether it’s world-leading research or best practice, Australia has so much to offer the world,” adds Ms Lewis-Smith.
This approach led to the remarkable International Convention Centre Sydney, which stands harbourside at the meeting point of Sydney’s central business district, lifestyle and entertainment precinct, and the city’s technology and innovation corridor.
“But we’re not standing still – we’re also looking west, to Sydney’s new Western Parklands City nestled at the base of the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains, where our industry, governments and academia are collaborating to create an ‘aerotopolis’ development surrounding the new second Sydney airport and the industries that are creating the jobs of the future,” Ms Lewis-Smith said. “I am so excited for Sydney, and what the future holds as we face our next 50 years anticipating tomorrow and bringing global conversations to Australia.”
Australia had moved up one place to 13th position, with a total of 265 international association meetings held here during 2018.