South Wales and Cardiff

With an international conference centre, a vast array of unusual and versatile venues and accommodation, team building activities set in breathtaking landscapes and steeped with history, South Wales and Cardiff makes a great choice for event planners. Whether it's a conference for thousands at ICC Wales, a leadership away day for 50 at the Vale Resort or team building for 10 at Techniquest.

Wales' pedigree in hosting events is demonstrated by it's success in attracting global sporting events and conferences, including the NATO summit and UEFA Champions League Final and has an attractive appeal to global event planners, knowing their events are in safe hands. The capital city, Cardiff, is young, diverse and energetic with rich culture, a thriving food scene and a lifestyle that ranks as one of the best in Europe. 

Within this region delegates are invited to experience a deep insight into Wales’ culture and history, the land of castles (of which there are over 600 in Wales) and the industrial heritage of iron and coal. With wide open green spaces, stunning coastline, flowing rivers, waterfalls and woodlands in amongst the rolling green hills and valleys. It's easy to see why international artist Tom Jones has taken inspiration from his home nation for his music.

This region is proud of its rich industrial heritage and thriving in a range of innovative businesses, across diverse sectors, research and development from the leading universities. Tiny Rebel Brewing Company, which is the youngest and only Welsh brewery to win the Champion Beer of Britain Award, offers exclusive delegate experiences. IQE in Cardiff has a 55 per cent global market share in compound semiconductor technology, so it's highly probable your phone is already home to a tiny piece of Wales. 

Find out more about our key industry sectors and influential businesses and why Wales was their preferred location of business.

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      The region’s two major cities of Newport and Cardiff, have good public transport access to major UK cities and international destinations. Transport can be directly accessed by;

      • road along the M4 motorway and over the Prince of Wales Bridge;
      • rail from London in under two hours by train and under three hours from Birmingham and Manchester; 
      • air through Cardiff Airport (CWL), located 20 minutes outside the city centre and 40 minutes from Newport with 50 direct routes and over 900 connections through KLM and Qatar airlines, whilst Bristol Airport (BRS) is just 40 minutes away.
      A group of people wearing helmets, wetsuits and life jackets in a white water rafting boat.

      White water rafting, with Cardiff International White Water

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