Celtic Manor Resort: Plans for 3,000 Seat Convention Centre
The five star Celtic Manor Resort & hotel near Newport is considering building a convention centre to host large international events. The centre would be built on land next to the hotel if given the go-ahead. The resort currently hosts conferences in one of its suites but wants to be able to accommodate more delegates. The plans, in their early stages, come as Cardiff Council and the Welsh Government continue talks about plans for a convention centre in Cardiff.
The Celtic Manor, which is situated just off the M4, can currently accommodate 1,500 people for conferences and other large events in its Caernarfon Suite. But after the success of the Ryder Cup golf tournament, which was held at the hotel in 2010, it is expanding its facilities. The resort, owned by billionaire Sir Terry Matthews, announced a £160m expansion in June, with plans for ten luxury chalets and 40 apartments.
A spokesman said: "The Celtic Manor Resort has made no secret of its ambitions to build a new convention centre capable of hosting the largest conferences and international summits. This would undoubtedly be a huge asset to Wales but there are no more detailed plans to announce at this stage."
As well as benefiting the resort itself, the scale of the centre would also boost hotels across southeast Wales, particularly in Cardiff where hoteliers have long pressed for a dedicated convention centre. It is understood that any new facility would have the capacity for around 3,000 delegates.