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Sydney Attracts 60,000 Delegates

Sydney will host more than 60,000 delegates at over 70 major business events until the end of 2012. The events are expected to generate an estimated $300 million for the city.

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) Chief Executive Officer Jon Hutchison AM said, “Over the next year the city will be hosting a diverse range of events across various industries, from medical, science, creative, financial and professional services.

“These events are well aligned with the incoming New South Wales Government’s priority growth sectors. The events will be key catalysts to shape the state’s development plans and provide the business avenues for local and international professionals to engage and discuss their views.”

Hutchison welcomed the new State Government’s commitment, to invest in the construction of a new Convention and Exhibition Centre, which is estimated will deliver an additional $270 million a year to the NSW economy.

“We are encouraged by the government understanding of what is needed to establish Sydney as a world leading city, and their willingess to lead the process required to make this happen. Our aim at BESydney is to support this by bringing high yield business and professional events to Sydney and to NSW regional areas,” he commented.

“Sydney is entering an exciting new phase over the next five years with substantial infrastructure development committed to ensure the city is well served to meet business events demand over the coming decade,” said Mr Hutchison.

117 major business events are now confirmed to be held in Sydney until 2017. These events are expected to host 145,000 delegates and generate $542 million worth of economic value to the state.