Sibos Conference, 2006

In October 2006, Sydney hosted more than 7,000 delegates who converged on Sydney for the prestigious SWIFT International Banking Operations Society (Sibos) Conference.

Sydney won the right to host the conference over a determined bid by Boston, and credits lobbying by Business Events Sydney, government support and our city's superb congress infrastructure with the win.

Panos Tzivandis, SWIFT Deputy Head, Corporate Events and Sibos, said, “The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre is a very beautiful, practical and fantastically located centre.”

During the conference, more than 950 exhibitors covered the exhibition floor, taking up 30,000 square metres.

"SWIFT has in the past researched the world’s exhibition centres," Mr Tzivandis said, "and the SCEC rated first."

Across the city, 15 mostly five-star hotels provided accommodation for the delegates during the five-day conference.

A key feature of each Sibos conference has been the provision of time for networking, and the social events in Sydney were described as "splendid".

Hospitality included pre-dinner drinks and canapés for 400 guests in the Sydney Town Hall vestibule, with a distinctly ‘modern Australian’ menu. There were breakfast meetings at L’Aqua on Cockle Bay, and dinners at the Sydney Opera House and the New South Wales (NSW) Government House.

A fleet of seaplanes took selected guests on a scenic flight to lunch at Cottage Point on the Hawkesbury River, sailing on Sydney Harbour, and provided massages for partners.

Said Mr Tzivandis, "We appreciated the professionalism of everyone we were dealing with, enthusiasm of people involved, the genuine interest from the city, Business Events Sydney and other bodies involved."