6,000 visitors passing through the doors
International Convention Centre Wales - the state-of-the-art £84 million meetings venue situated in Newport, South Wales – has opened its doors to UK and international conferences, meetings and events, with early 6,000 visitors passing through its doors during a packed first week of events.
A 4,000sqm pillar-free main hall
ICC Wales is located within the grounds of the Celtic Manor Resort, just two minutes from the M4 and under two hours from London Paddington by train. The new-build 26,000sqm ICC Wales can accommodate more than 5,000 delegates at a time and includes a 4,000sqm pillar-free main hall, a 1,500 seated auditorium, 12 flexible meeting rooms, a double-height glass atrium and a 2,500sqm outdoor plaza for outside events and teambuilding.
The conference centre’s inaugural event was the Association of Stoma Care Nurses (ASCN) three-day UK Annual Conference 2019. Other events at the new venue so far have included an Experience with Arnold Schwarzenegger and welcoming members of government, industry and academia at the prestigious 2019 UK Space Conference - considered the most influential event for the space community.
A major asset for Wales
Minister for International Relations and Welsh Language, Eluned Morgan
The International Convention Centre Wales is a major asset for Wales, enabling us to compete with any venue in the UK and beyond to attract and host key events that will make a huge contribution to our economy – and I’m delighted that ICC Wales has had such a great start after opening its doors for the first time. Business events bring wide ranging benefits and the new centre is already showing how we can build on our international reputation as hosts of some of the world’s biggest events.
ICC Wales is an £83.7 million development between Celtic Manor and Welsh Government. The combined development is part of an ongoing plan to draw further business events into Wales to attract an ever-increasing number of sector related conferences and meetings, and to showcase Wales’ reputation for innovation excellence and invention.
Further investment projects
In North Wales, Welsh Government has invested in Llandudno’s Venue Cymru’s major £3million redevelopment investment project, to refresh the venue’s business events offering, which is due to be completed this year. The Welsh Government also offers the Regional Tourism Engagement Fund (RTEF) to develop business events campaigns and projects which make Wales an advanced destination for business events for associations, corporates and incentives, nationally and internationally.