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The report, sees the harbour city retain its top spot within Australia and climb from 10th to seventh place in the Asia Pacific. In total, Sydney hosted 76 international meetings in 2017, a 25 percent increase on the 61 reported for 2016.

“This outstanding result shows Sydney’s enduring global appeal as a destination for major international events”, said New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Tourism and Major Events, The Hon. Adam Marshall. Having topped the list for Australia in 2016, when the city didn’t have a convention centre, Sydney has built on that success in 2017.

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) is the specialist bidding organisation responsible for securing international business events for the city and state. The organisation works closely with a range of stakeholders across the private and public sector, including the NSW government, to secure these strategically-important international events.

These stellar results reflect the fact that Sydney again had a world-class convention centre in 2017, after three years without one, and was able to host some of the world’s biggest international events. In its first full year of operation, the award-winning International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) hosted, among others, the ICC WCF World Chambers Congress 2017, OpenStack Summit 2017, the International Bar Association Annual Conference and the International Conference of the Institute of Internal Auditors 2017, all secured by BESydney.