Major events infrastructure

Sydney is a leading global events destination with world class facilities and services, and a new 20 hectare convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct in development on the western fringe of the central business district will ensure the city retains its mantle as Australia's pre-eminent venue for conferences, exhibitions and meetings. 

The New South Wales Government's commitment to creating cutting edge, world class meeting facilities that link to the city's innovation hubs and cultural precincts will benefit not only business visitors and tourists, but also locals who will be able to utilise increased parkland and improved pedestrian connections. 

Construction work on the new precinct, which will also include a premium hotel complex and Sydney's largest red carpet entertainment venue, has commenced and is due for completion in late 2016.

Tall ship at sunset on Sydney Harbour 

International events

Along with the best facilities, New South Wales has a demonstrated ability to plan and deliver major international events, having hosted a number of the world's largest events in recent years. 

The following are examples of major events held successfully in Sydney and regional NSW over the past decade or so:

  • the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games 
  • the 2003 Rugby World Cup 
  • the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Meeting in 2007, and 
  • World Youth Day in 2008 

2014 events

In February 2014, Sydney was the venue for the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting, which saw 2,000 people from all G20 nations, as well as representatives from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank attend high-level talks. 

Sydney will continue to host a number of large national and international events in 2014 while its new convention precinct is being built, including the:

  • 105th Rotary International Convention, one of the world's largest annual international business events, for 18,000 delegates
  • Pro-Health China Annual Conference for 4,500 delegates, and 
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature's World Parks Congress for 3,000 delegates.

Sporting events

Sydney regularly affirms its status as one of the world's best cities for major sporting events. 

In 2009, the city hosted the World Masters Games, the world's largest multi-sport event, which attracted a record 28,000 participants from around 100 countries. 

Major sporting events to take place in Sydney in 2014 include:

  • an exclusive soccer match between Italian Serie A giants Juventus FC and an A-League All Stars team 
  • the Emirates Australian Open Golf Championship
  • the V8 Supercars Sydney 500, and 
  • the first two games of the opening series of 2014 Major League Baseball.

Range of accommodation choices

Travellers to New South Wales can choose from a large range of hotels, motels, resorts and serviced apartments across all star ratings. 

The State has the largest number of accommodation bed spaces in Australia, and Sydney has more five-star beds than any city in Australia.

Doing business in Sydney is affordable

Travelling to Sydney for business is also affordable compared to other international cities. 

According to Runzheimer's Guide to Daily Travel Prices, the average cost for business travellers to Sydney as at June 2012 was approximately US$313 per day (including three meals and business class corporate accommodation). 

This compares to daily travel costs of US$336 for Singapore, US$343 for Paris, US$344 for Hong Kong, and US$576 for Geneva.

Major Events Infrastructure - Five Star Accommodation, 20131
Capital city Number of bed spaces2 State Number of bed spaces2
Sydney 17,029 New South Wales 18,028
Melbourne n.p. Victoria 11,017
Brisbane 3,273 Queensland 19,003
Adelaide n.p. South Australia 3,102
Perth 3,825 Western Australia n.p.
Australia 59,039 Australia 59,039


n.p. Not published due to confidentiality restrictions

1. As at June Quarter 2013

2. In five-star hotels, motels, resorts and serviced apartments with 15 rooms or more

Source: ABS Cat. No's. 8635.0.55.002, 8635.1.55.001, 8635.2.55.001, 8635.3.55.001, 8635.4.55.001, 8635.5.55.001, Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, June Quarter 2013