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Mice Net : February 2009
darling harbour Officially Opened by Her 21 today Majesty Queen elizabeth ii on May 4, 1988, darling Harbour doesn’t look a day over 21. in fact she isn’t, at least for another month or so. An injection of botox here, an airbrush there, expansion where expansion was due, a new attraction and a touch up or two has turned this young lady into a jewel in Sydney’s crown – envied from near and far. Indeed, not only has Darling Harbour been seen, touched and tasted by more than 300 million visitors, she has been perused from afar by those who want to emulate her style and shape in their own countries. Try as they may, matching her charisma won’t ever come easily. What was once an area of Sydney reserved for containers and warehouses, Darling Harbour now provides a mix of conference and exhibition space, entertainment options, fine dining, bars and clubs, museums and, naturally, the water. On any day throughout the year Darling Harbour is brimming with life. Tourists come to peruse shops, take photographs, eat and drink, and catch up with friends. Conference delegates too are regulars – drawn by the quality found at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, the nearby accommodation, the bars and restaurants, and for the international delegates, the souvenir shops. The convention centre is clearly one of the best placed facilities in the world. Close to the central business district, near to thousands of accommodation rooms, and with a bevy of spaces for meetings, break-out sessions and events, it remains one of the world’s strongest performing convention centre spaces. So much so in fact that calls for its expansion to cope with demand continue. As the NSW Minister for Tourism, Jodie McKay remarked recently, after 21 years Darling Harbour continues to offer excitement and enjoyment to Sydneysiders and visitors from Australia and around the world. “Almost 28 million people visit Darling Harbour annually, to see the T 94 mice.net Magazine Supplement he Queen would be hard-pressed to recognise what she stood before in the year of Australia’s Bicentenary such have been the changes since that auspicious day.