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 December 08, 2014
ICC Sydney Benefits From AEG Ogden's Global Reach & Reputation

 International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is capitalising on the success of the AEG Ogden network of venues.

As Group Director of Convention Centres for AEG Ogden, ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy has oversight of the strategies and management issues of nine of the world's leading convention and exhibition centres, including AEG managed Los Angeles and Hawaii facilities.

"Although each venue is run independently, the ability to share experiences and intelligence allows AEG Ogden to develop better venues and more knowledgeable teams.

"The transfer of intelligence across the Group is ultimately about one thing; to better understand client needs," Mr Donaghy said.

Many of the nineteen major international events Business Events Sydney has secured for ICC Sydney, which opens in December 2016, have previously been hosted in AEG Ogden centres, which makes knowledge sharing across the Group invaluable to the ICC Sydney team.

For example, the two most recent announcements for ICC Sydney have been held in AEG Ogden managed centres; in 2010 the World Congress of Accountants was hosted by the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and the International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers Federation (ICC WCF) Congress met in Kuala Lumpur in 2009 and Qatar in 2013.

Further demonstrating AEG Ogden's strong track record is the success of the recent G20 Leaders Summit and Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting at AEG Ogden managed venues the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and Cairns Convention Centre.

"In reality, someone somewhere across the Group has faced a problem and found a creative or innovative solution that we can all draw on to prepare clients for success.

"Our ability to share knowledge across management teams allows us to solve problems faster and understand clients better," Mr Donaghy said.

Another important component of being a member of the AEG Ogden Group is the trusted reputation that accompanies this status.

"A message I never tire of hearing from our clients, and one I am always proud to receive, is that they are in safe hands at an AEG Ogden venue.

"Clients can be assured of a successful event in all of the Group's world class venues; although bespoke to each destination, every event receives the same world class quality of service, venue presentation, availability of leading technology and exceptional hospitality across the network," he said.

AEG Ogden is a joint venture between Australian controlled venue management interests and AEG Facilities of the United States. AEG Facilities is a stand-alone affiliate of the Anchutz Entertainment Group (AEG), one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. Standout venues across AEG include the Barclays Center (Brooklyn), Estadio Maracana (Rio De Janeiro), MercedesBenz Arena (Shanghai), Staples Centre (Los Angeles) and entertainment districts LA Live (Los Angeles) and The O2 (London).

"The breadth of our global network is unparalleled in the business events industry as is our ability to tap into learnings and leads from related industries such as international standard entertainment and sports facilities," concluded Mr Donaghy.

AEG Ogden manages Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Cairns Convention Centre, Darwin Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island as well as two centres currently under development; Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre and International Convention Centre Sydney.

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.


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.