The Celtic Manor
Resort is progressing plans for its new International Convention Centre - the
largest facility of its kind in Wales or the south west of England which would
attract major conferences from around the world.
The new conference centre has
secured outline planning permission from Newport City Council and architects
are now finalising designs to submit for full planning approval.
Designed to attract prestigious
international events from across the world, the state-of-the-art auditorium,
exhibition hall and associated facilities will have capacity for around 4,000
With a total capacity in excess
of 20,000 square metres, the main auditorium will hold 1,500 delegates with the
flexibility to divide into smaller spaces. A separate main exhibition hall will
stretch to 4,000 square metres and be able to accommodate up to 2,000 guests
for a gala dinner.
A further 15 meeting rooms will
cater for all sizes and types of meetings and events, and complement the
existing convention centre facilities at Celtic Manor, which have already made
it the Best UK Hotel at the Meetings and Incentive Travel Awards for the past
four years running.
Celtic Manor Resort Chief
Operating Officer Ian Edwards said:
It is clear that the events industry
shares our excitement about this new conference centre which will be a flagship
development not only for Celtic Manor, but for Wales as a whole. It will bring
enormous economic benefits to the cities of Newport and Cardiff, and the wider
Celtic Manor hosted the NATO
Summit in September and is no stranger to hosting major international events,
having staged the Ryder Cup in 2010 and the EU Foreign Ministers’ Summit in
The new Wales International
Convention Centre will help secure more major events including showpiece
conferences for large, international associations and multinational, blue chip
companies, as well as political party conferences.