Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in Sydney
The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, is located in Sydney's Darling Harbour near the Central Business District. The building is adjacent to Cockle Bay, Tumbalong Park and the Harbourside shopping centre.
The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre was a key meeting venue of APEC Australia 2007 in September, 2007 when the political leaders of the 21 member states of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation met. The venue was host to the Business Leader's Summit held in conjunction with APEC Leader's Week.
The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre was officially opened in 1988, with a new section of the centre added for the 2000 Summer Olympics. During those games, the venue played host to the boxing, fencing, judo, weightlifting, and wrestling competitions. The building is owned by the State Government of New South Wales, and the centre administration and business is run by the Accor Hotel Group. The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre is used as a conference and convention venue and to hold exhibitions, as well as hosting various smaller events such as weddings and meetings. The Convention Centre has around 30 rooms, ranging from small meeting rooms to a 3500 capacity auditiorium, as well as foyer areas and other spaces which can be adapted for use as an exhibition space or pre-dinner function venue. The Exhibition Centre consists of six halls, which are used primarily for exhibitions, but also for gala dinners and other large-scale events.
The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre was used as the biggest venue for the Sydney Games outside of Homebush Bay. Both centers are serviced by the Metro Light Rail through the Convention and Exhibition stations. The Convention Centre is serviced by the Metro Monorail Convention stop.
- 2000 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 1. p. 383.