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Premier Barry O’Farrell’s new bold vision for the Darling Harbour Convention and Exhibition space will benefit Sydney and boost visitor arrivals, General Manager of the Tourism Industry Council NSW, Andrew Jefferies said today.
The announcement, a $1 Billion investment that expands the current space by two thirds to 20 hectares is set to feature a new entertainment precinct and inclusion of new commercial office facilities is “the kind of bold vision that our state requires”, Mr Jefferies said.
“We are pleasantly surprised by these visionary plans which include the largest, fully integrated exhibition space in the Southern Hemisphere at 40,000 square meters, the largest meeting room space and convention hall whilst allowing for the demolition and replacement of the Entertainment Centre for premium events”.
“Whilst there will obviously be some dislocation during the three year construction and development period, the end result will be a world class facility that will allow Sydney to effectively compete on the world stage for meetings, conferences and events”.
“These new facilities will boost visitor arrivals to Sydney and New South Wales in line with the vision and strategies to double overnight visitor expenditure by 2020″.
The Council notes that more bold vision and tough decisions are required to achieve these targets, particularly the Premier’s continuing refusal to show leadership on the issue of expanded aviation capacity in Sydney.