BIA tours new SIBS venue

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Top spot: spectacular views of the Sydney city skyline from the bar area of the event deck at ICC Sydney.
Top spot: spectacular views of the Sydney city skyline from the bar area of the event deck at ICC Sydney.

Industry members get first look at new home for Sydney boat show.

More than 150 industry members took the opportunity to see behind the scenes at the new venue for the Sydney International Boat Show (SIBS) this week.

The Boating Industry Association (BIA) organised a tour for potential exhibitors around the new ICC Sydney exhibition centre which is due to be officially opened later this month. (Because the centre is not yet finished, no photos of the tour were allowed for publication.)

The tour included a walk-though of the exhibition halls on levels 1 and 4 of the new building as well as the outdoor event deck on level 4 with spectacular views back towards the city.

The top level features three halls with a total of 13,500m2 of combined space while the lower level, accessed from the main foyer on level 2, has four halls with a combined space of 19,000m2. The split-level space means that for many exhibitors, the critical decision for next year's show will be whether to go upstairs or downstairs.

The two exhibition levels both have their own loading docks with undercover parking and one-way traffic systems for ease of loading/unloading. The lower level can hold up to 19 semi-trailers at a time while the top level has room for 13 semi-trailers.

Domenic Genua, BIA's events and marketing manager, welcomed the tour participants to the new venue and outlined details of next year's SIBS, the 50th staging of the show. These include the outdoor event deck featuring two large swimming pools for demonstrations of on-water activities as well as up to four stages for talks and presentations.

Next year's SIBS is also teaming up with the Australia International Dive Expo which has previously been held at Moore Park.

As part of an agreement with the operators of ICC Sydney, the cost of stand space at SIBS 2017 will be capped at no more than 3% higher than last year's show.

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