August 11, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

With Sydney’s COVID-19 lockdown now in its seventh week, the city’s central convention and exhibition centre ICC Sydney has continued to deliver virtual events for clients whose events can’t wait.

With the expansion of its virtual event spaces at the beginning of the lockdown, the venue delivered three more virtual events last week, bringing its yearly tally of hybrid or virtual projects to 156.

“Under the extremely challenging circumstances created by the pandemic, supporting event organisers to deliver essential, flexible and high quality hybrid and virtual event solutions has been central to our service over the last year,” said ICC Sydney’s Director of Audio Visual Services, Brian Nash.

“At these critical times, we have been able to expand our offering to meet the needs of our clients.

“Staying open, flexible and agile has ensured clients who need to progress with their events online are able to do so.”

Connect Media’s Healthcare Leaders Forum brought 200 medical and healthcare professionals together virtually last week, marking the eighth time the organisation has delivered an event virtually at ICC Sydney over the past year. Of the 12 events Conenct Media have held at the centre over the last year, just four have been face to face, reflecting the uncertainty facing the events industry throughout the pandemic.

“We’ve been pleased to be able to continue to host our events virtually with ICC Sydney. Their audio visual expertise, studio spaces and ICC Sydney Connect platform assisted us to ensure a seamless experience for our partners, speakers and delegates. Through the ICC Sydney Connect platform, we’ve been able to brand the event, list partners and link out to relevant websites. Our delegates and speakers have once again loved the accessibility and interactive presentation of the program within this interface,” said Connect Media’s Operations Manager, Bridee Arrighi.

Also last week, ICC Sydney was instrumental in bringing together 3,000 Landcare groups and volunteers, landholders and farmers, Indigenous land and sea managers, Landcare facilitators, educators, researchers, natural resource management professionals and other stakeholders for the annual Landcare Australia National Landcare Conference.

“The National Landcare Conference attracts delegates from around the world and from rural, regional and urban communities in Australia with a common purpose to actively restore and protect the environment in their local community through sustainable land management and conservation activities,” said Marketing and Communications Director at Landcare Australia, Melissa Higgins.

“After two incredibly challenging years, having managed varied landscapes through drought, bushfires and now the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was critically important to present the conference to continue to connect and support our Landcare community.

“ICC Sydney offered a high quality, safe and tested service.”