After a national bidding process Sydney Olympic Park will be the home of the Australian Event Awards for the next three years.
The winning bid put forward by the NSW Government’s Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) pipped venues and destinations from around the country as the most suitable place for the movers and shakers that deliver Australia’s best events to gather in October.
“This was a tough decision” said Jeremy Miller, executive producer of the Awards, “there has been huge interest from all corners of Australia in becoming the Home of the Australian Event Awards and, as usual, there was a fair amount of interstate rivalry.
“In the end, Sydney Olympic Park with its incredible capacity to host all events from sporting grand finals to concerts, festivals and business events is a perfect fit for the Awards. This is the start of a great partnership between the team at Sydney Olympic Park and the Australian Event Awards which will benefit all Australian Events”.
“From your local community festival, weekend sporting fixture or your wedding, to a conference for work or the major event that you plan your holidays around, events really are the fabric of our society. By bringing the entire industry together we can leverage this message to government and the general public.” Miller said.
In response to the win, NSW Premier Kristina Keneally said “Hosting this national program at Sydney Olympic Park is a great result for New South Wales and my congratulations go to the talented staff of Sydney Olympic Park Authority who put together the winning bid and successfully pitched it. This will give us an opportunity to shine in front of the whole industry and to take advantage of our internationally recognised Olympic legacies.”
Sydney Olympic Park is Australia’s premier business event, entertainment, leisure and sporting precinct. The Park is synonymous with quality large-scale events; however it has established a reputation for the small to medium meetings & conference market, hosting more than 2,500 business events every year.
This is the first in a series of new developments for the Australian Event Awards in 2010. Entries into the 26 categories are now open to all event professionals from around Australia and close on July 26.
For more information on entering the awards, click here.