Pacific keeps anchors in Sydney

THE International Maritime Exposition (Pacific), held every year at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, will remain in the Australian city even when the venue is shut for major redevelopment of the Darling Harbour precinct (TTGmice e-Weekly, September 27, 2012).

Ian Honnery, board member and chief executive of Maritime Australia, the organisation behind Pacific, told TTGmice e-Weekly: “It is my understanding the interim Glebe Island Expo will be a waterfront site, which is just perfect for Pacific.

“Therefore we will not be moving out of Sydney when the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre closes for those few years.”

Glebe Island Expo is expected to be up and ready by the time the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Sydney Entertainment Centre close for construction of the new facilities in December.

Meanwhile, Honnery said Pacific, which typically occurs in February, would be postponed to October 7 to 8 this year to coincide with centenary celebrations of the Royal Australian Navy fleet’s first entry into Sydney.

“Pacific 2013 will tie in with Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review, which will be spectacular,” he explained.

The Navy International Fleet Review will include formation fly-pasts, naval gun salutes, military band performances, naval demonstrations and a fireworks display in the evening.

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