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July 16, 2012

G20 decision highlights impact of Sydney shutdown

The decision to host the G20 Summit in Brisbane highlights the dilemma faced by the exhibition and event industry which is still waiting for news on interim facilities while new conference and exhibition facilities are built at Darling Harbour, according to peak industry body The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA).

“We are delighted to see Brisbane having the opportunity to showcase to the world the quality of its new and expanded facilities and expertise in hosting international events,” said EEAA general manager Joyce DiMascio (pictured).

“At the same time we are concerned that several months after the announcement of the $1 billion redevelopment of the Sydney International Convention Exhibition and Entertainment precinct we still have no solution for the major events that will be displaced during the construction period.

“We have been working constructively with Infrastructure NSW to find alternate venues but  business is already being impacted for organisers who must plan and book exhibitions and events beyond December 2013. The G20 Summit decision is a worrying foretaste of the future if suitable alternate venues are not found soon.”


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