This week the federal and New South Wales state government announced that Sydney will play host to the 2023 General Assembly of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

ICOMOS has more than 10,000 members globally, including architects, historians, planners and archaeologists, and NSW heritage minister Don Harwin said that their gathering in Sydney will help to highlight the state’s achievements in cultural heritage management.

“Sydney and NSW boast wonderful heritage places ranging from important Aboriginal sites with rich stories, to the convict Hyde Park Barracks and Parramatta’s historic Female Factory. Our ICOMOS visitors will share knowledge of great conservation practice and enjoy amazing cultural experiences at iconic venues like Sydney Opera House. This event will boost cultural tourism, and attendees will become advocates for the amazing experiences that our cultural heritage offers,” he said.

Tourism Australia and Business Events Sydney have both recognised that the global event will draw millions of dollars into the visitor economy and have wide-ranging benefits for future cultural tourism.

Delegates will visit iconic heritage sites including Sydney Opera House, Hyde Park Barracks, Luna Park, National Trust properties and the Greater Blue Mountains, which are being showcased on the world stage. Events and tours both pre and post the General Assembly will offer opportunities for participants to visit many cities and regions across Australia, including famous World Heritage properties.