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.
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 London.
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 diverse operations.