ICC SYDNEY LAUNCHES OPERATING FRAMEWORK TO SAFELY REOPEN EVENTS POST-COVID-19

By International Convention Centre Sydney, 11 June, 2020


International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has today launched the ICC Sydney EventSafe Operating Framework, a set of operating principles that will enable the venue to safely reopen and run events in an environment transformed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The launch signals the readiness of Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment centre to recommence running events, pending the further roll back of Federal and State restrictions. The shutdown of business events due to COVID-19 is estimated to have cost Australia’s economy in excess of $35 billion over 12 months[1].

The comprehensive set of protocols spans 16 key areas of event management, including the customer journey, environmental hygiene, food service, technology and equipment, employees and public awareness, and covers meetings, conferences, exhibitions, live events and internal operations.

It integrates best practice from parent group ASM Global’s soon to be launched VenueShield – a program of the most advanced hygienic safeguards, informed by public health authorities, medical and industry experts – which will be deployed in ASM Global’s 325 worldwide facilities.

The framework also operates within the safety protocols of Safe Work Australia’s Codes of Practice, which underpins how ICC Sydney works under the Work Health Safety law and, more recently, the COVID-19 Safe Workplace Principles.

The plan further draws on ICC Sydney’s work with national and international industry bodies, to develop industrywide protocols in response to COVID-19. These have been evolved into a venue specific framework, which responds to the need of clients for a level of detail that will allow them to confidently start planning future events.

Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney, says the framework has been meticulously developed to safeguard clients, visitors, contractors and team members against the risk of COVID-19 and reinstall confidence in events.

“We’re proud that ICC Sydney’s EventSafe Operating Framework establishes an industry benchmark for the safe running of events. As Australia and the rest of the world starts to return to business as usual, it is critical that we all continue to safeguard against further outbreaks of COVID-19, especially when bringing people together”.

Donaghy continues, “We are confident that ICC Sydney’s EventSafe Operating Framework not only delivers against this challenge by establishing best practice, but will also reinstall confidence in people to start hosting and attending events. This is critical for rebooting our industry and the many other businesses and parts of Australia’s economy that will benefit from that success”.

To view the ICC Sydney EventSafe Framework and for more information visit: www.iccsydney.com.au/EventSafe

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About ICC Sydney

ICC Sydney is Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue. The showcase international venue underpins Sydney’s place as one of the world’s most desirable meeting and major events destinations. ICC Sydney is the epicentre of a 20-hectare transformation of Darling Harbour by the NSW Government to highlight Sydney as the first choice in Australia and the Asia Pacific region for the major events industry. A NSW Government project, ICC Sydney was delivered in partnership with Darling Harbour Live, comprising Lendlease, Hostplus, First State Super, Capella Capital, ASM Global and Spotless FM. Hassell + Populous were joint venture design consultants for ICC Sydney.

ASM Global

ASM Global is the world’s leading venue management and services company. The company was formed by the merger of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management.  The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. From Aberdeen to Anchorage, and Sydney to Stockholm, its venues connect people through the unique power of live experiences.

From its Asia Pacific headquarters in Brisbane, Australia, ASM Global operates a network of venues that includes convention & exhibition centres in Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Newcastle, Sydney, Christchurch (opening 2020),Kuala Lumpur, Muscat and Shenzhen (opening in 2020); Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Kai Tak Sports Park in Hong Kong (opening 2023) and interests in major stadia in Sydney, Parramatta and Perth; and entertainment arenas and performance theatres in Brisbane (4), Cairns, Darwin, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney (4), Bangkok (Em Live Theatre and Bangkok Arena both opening in 2023),Dubai, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.

ASM Global’s diverse portfolio of clients benefit from the company’s depth of resources and unparalleled experience, expertise and creative problem-solving. Each day, the company’s 61,000 passionate employees around the world delivers locally tailored solutions and cuttingedge technologies to deliver maximum results for venue owners, and operations, and amazing experiences for guests. By consistently looking for new ways to envision, innovate and empower the spaces and places that bring people together, ASM Global elevates the human spirit while delivering the highest value for all stakeholders. For more information, please visit www.asmglobal.com

[1] Lost Business Report: Impacts of COVID-19 on the Business Events Industry, McCrindle, April 2020, commissioned by Business Events Council of Australia

Source: ICC Sydney