The Australian International Motor Show is heading to Sydney Showground in 2014 and 2016 because of the closure of the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre (SCEC) at the end of 2013.

A number of options were reportedly reviewed with the Sydney Showground exhibition facilities at Sydney’s Olympic Park finally decided as the home for the 2014 and 2016 shows.

Event director, Russ Tyrie, said while the SCEC has been the event’s home for 23 shows “we are very much looking forward to the opportunities presented to us and exhibitors alike at Sydney Showground.”

“The Sydney Olympic Park venue will enable the motor show to grow and become a more diverse event, with the expansive outdoor areas giving exhibitors more room and the chance to host both on and off stand activities – the possibilities are practically endless,” Mr Tyrie said.

Sydney Showground management are equally as excited about the relocation of the event.

Sydney Showground general manager, Peter Thorpe, said the showground prides itself on attracting and promoting world-class exhibitions and events – “AIMS is a great example of this.”

“Sydney Showground and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority are thrilled to welcome AIMS to the precinct in 2014 and are confident exhibitors, the general public and motor enthusiasts will be extremely pleased with the interactive nature the venue is able achieve.”

The 2012 Australian International Motor Show will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre from October 19 to 28.