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 May 28, 2001
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre Strong New Business Growth

 The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre is reporting strong demand for new meetings and exhibition business, with forward bookings until 2009. Following the recent "Sydney On Sale" at the Centre , general manager Mr Ton van Amerongen said, "International bookings in the post-Olympic period have been very strong. We have won many major bids, particularly for medical-related conferences.
ìOur investment in new facilities and technology over the past two years, has paid off. We continue to be the top meetings and exhibition venue in Australia.

"At last week's three day meeting of the Royal Australian College of Physicians, 160 speakers gave presentations to 2000 delegates in 12 different venues throughout the Centre. We were able to easily facilitate the organiserís diverse requirements. Everything was controlled from one computer as part of our data cabling infrastructure technology.

"For the next year we have 27 international conferences on our books and these events will bring over 38,000 delegates to Sydney. During this period we will provide the city of Sydney with AUD$556 million in economic benefits from convention and exhibition delegate expenditure.

Mr van Amerongen said, "Many event organisers have indicated that they expect the global coverage which Sydney received as a result of the Olympics, will help to increase international attendance at events already on our books".

Among the largest international medical conferences confirmed at the Centre are:

- The World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, September 2001 (2000 delegates),
- The International Federation of Ophthalmological Society (7000) in April 2002,
- The International Federation of Cardiology conference (10000) in May 2002,
- The International Conference on Eye Research in September 2004 (1500).

Other major confirmed events include:

- The World Congress on Viral Hepatitis in April 2003 (2500),
- The FDI World Dental Congress in September 2003, (6000)
- The 15th World Congress on Medical Law in August 2004 (1000).

Said Mr van Amerongen, "The past decade has seen a domestic trend towards smaller, more frequent conferences of 500-1000 delegates. The expansion we undertook in 1999 has meant that we are the only venue in Sydney, which can handle up to 1000 delegates under one roof, offering a seamless transition from meetings to banqueting. Our facilities include a state-of-the-art auditorium with large adjoining pre-functions areas, and Sydney's largest ballroom, seating 1000 for lunch or banquets".

With the most advanced technological facilities in any convention and exhibition centre in Australia, including high speed broadband Internet services, permanently accessible from any point, the Centre is increasingly winning major computer and IT exhibitions and conferences, including the Siebel Systems E-Business World Conference for 1500 delegates in August 2001.

The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre is also in the process of preparing bids, together with the Sydney Convention & Visitorís Bureau, to host some key international events in fields as diverse as tourism, law, banking, and medical research. Together they will generate thousands of visitors to Sydney and millions of dollars of business to the city and state.

Australia's largest purpose-built conference venue offers 30 integrated, flexible meeting and banquet rooms, catering for up to 10,000 delegates, plus over 30,000 square metres of exhibition space.

For the past two years, the International Conference and Congress Association (ICCA) has named Sydney as the world's number one city for international meetings.