Celtic Manor's Chief Executive Ian Edwards has been named European
Hotelier of the Year 2015 at the European Hospitality Awards.
Ian was the only UK hotelier shortlisted for the award and saw
off competition from eight other leading managers from prestigious continental hotels
like Le Bristol in Paris, Munich’s Charles Hotel and Rome’s Hotel Splendide Royale.
The award was judged over a period when Ian led Celtic Manor’s
successful staging of the 2014 NATO Summit, the largest gathering of world
leaders ever held in the UK.
He also oversaw the development of detailed plans for a new Wales
International Convention Centre, which secured full planning permission during
the summer, and presided over another record year of growth at the five-star
resort in South Wales. Ian said:
I am very proud to receive this award but I recognise
that I accept it in on behalf of every one of the fantastic team I am fortunate
to lead at Celtic Manor. This has been a momentous year for the resort and it is very pleasing
that the efforts of the whole team have been rewarded in this way.
Ian was promoted from Chief Operating Officer to Chief Executive in
2014. Since 2008 and his return to the resort in a senior management role,
revenues have grown by 60 per cent at Celtic Manor. Average bedroom occupancy is now 90 per cent, meaning on average 360
bedrooms are sold every night - an outstanding return for any UK hotel outside
With 25 years of industry experience, which includes opening hotels as
general manager, he has a thorough knowledge of what it takes to provide an
offering that is attractive to visitors and clients across Celtic Manor’s many