ICC Sydney Exhibitions in Focus Event brings sectoral issues into the open forum

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), managed by ASM Global, has held its latest ‘Exhibitions in Focus’ event – a critical opportunity to share information and resources that optimise the streamlined planning of trade and consumer exhibitions at the venue.

An initiative led by ICC Sydney’s director of event services, Malu Barrios alongside senior manager, Business Development – International & Exhibitions, Helen Mantellato and senior manager, Event Operations, Jimmy Kadwa – the knowledge exchange and networking event explored content ranging from employment law (Respect@Work reforms), risk and safety to technology, logistics, customer experience services and included sustainability, marketing and precinct updates. 

ICC Sydney CEO and group director – convention centres, ASM Global (APAC), Geoff Donaghy said exhibitions were an extremely important market segment for Sydney that accelerated productivity, networking and provided a platform for entrepreneurship and the latest Exhibitions in Focus event provided an opportunity to meet with the industry to continue to constantly improve services and deliver the very best experiences for exhibition organisers and their stakeholders.

“ICC Sydney’s operational and technical experts carefully curated the Exhibitions in Focus programme for our valued exhibition organiser clients, sharing their in-depth guidance to collaboratively enhance their events,” Donaghy said.

While hosting its Exhibitions in Focus initiative, ICC Sydney welcomed Talk2 Media and Event’s largest ever Good Food and Wine Show last month. Four of the venue’s exhibition halls were home to 305 exhibiting food and beverage suppliers as they interacted with 31,300 attendees.

Talk2 Media and Events chief executive officer, Matt Pearce said the venue’s initiative Exhibitions in Focus supported knowledge exchange, partnership and forward planning of events.

“The support from ICC Sydney’s entire team has consistently been exemplary and forward thinking and the latest Exhibitions in Focus initiative reaffirms their commitment to partnering with organisers to deliver the outstanding exhibitions that our vendors and visitors demand.  

“We know that people are actively seeking high quality entertainment and experiences. Hearing the venue team’s advice regarding human resources and employment legislation, event services, sustainability, risk, building services, logistics, marketing and exhibitor services all in one forum at Exhibitions in Focus will no doubt prove to be integral in the planning of future successful shows delivered at ICC Sydney,” Pearce said.  

Having returned to ICC Sydney to deliver the Naturally Good Expo in June, Diversified Communications Australia head of delivery, Lisa Meehan said the Exhibitions in Focus event marked an important milestone for exhibition organisers to best enhance their planning and delivery of shows at the venue.

“Diversified Communications has long selected ICC Sydney as home to our exhibitions such as Naturally Good, Australian Waste and Recycling Expo and Fine Food Australia. Thanks to the exceptional service and facilities provided by ICC Sydney and this opportunity for open communication and collaboration, we look forward to showcasing the latest innovations, technologies and products at our events delivered seamlessly in partnership with ICC Sydney,” Meehan said.

Tim Collett from Specialised Events added that the ICC Sydney’s initiative demonstrated the venue team’s commitment to service excellence.

“We run all our Sydney events including Foodservice Australia and the Franchising Expo at ICC Sydney. It is the premium venue and has all the services our visitors and exhibitors demand.

“Food events can be complex from an operations perspective. That is why we value the openness and professionalism of the team. Getting together to discuss how we can make exhibiting easier, more sustainable and more inclusive is really valuable,” Collett said.      

“Opportunities that drive trade, investment and innovation are made possible through exhibitions and the business connections that are sparked on the expo floor. The economic and social impacts of these shows and the audiences they attract, are enjoyed by our Sydney community as well as regional economies,” Donaghy added.

ICC Sydney will deliver a productive exhibitions calendar over the months ahead, including:

  • Energy Next
  • Online Retailer Conference and E-Commerce Expo
  • Australian Waste and Recycling Exhibition AWRE
  • Sydney International Boat Show
  • Supply Nation Connect Exhibition
  • Australasian Gaming Expo
  • Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo
  • International Jewellery Fair
  • The Customer Show
  • Beauty Expo Australia
  • Integrate/Security Expo
  • NoVacancy Hotel + Accommodation Industry Expo
  • Fine Food Australia
  • FIT-HER Expo
  • Home Show
  • Mind Body Spirit Festival
  • National Roads & Traffic Expo
  • Sydney Property Expo
  • C&I 2023 The Convenience & Impulse Convention & Expo
  • Free From and Allergy Expo
  • The International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC)
  • Indo Pacific International Maritime Exposition
  • Sydney Care Expo
  • HR Tech & Innovation Fest
  • Luxperience
  • Accounting Business Expo