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£80 million Welsh convention centre moves a step closer

The National Assembly for Wales agrees partnership with Celtic Manor owner Wesley Clover to build 20,000 sqm venue

Pictured: Celtic Manor Resort CEO Ian Edwards and Welsh Government Minister for Economy, Science and Transport Edwina Hart with a model of plans for the new Wales International Convention Centre

Proposals to build the £80 million Wales International Convention Centre at the Celtic Manor Resort are nearing reality.

The Welsh Assembly has agreed in principal to form a joint venture partnership with Wesley Clover, Celtic Manor’s parent company, to construct a 20,000 sqm venue with a 5,000 delegate capacity.

It is expected that the new international convention centre could be completed and ready for use in 2019.

Minister for Economy, Science and Transport Edwina Hart said: “The new convention centre will provide a considerable economic boost to Wales. The 2014 NATO Wales Summit and the 2010 Ryder Cup demonstrated that Wales and the Celtic Manor Resort have the ability to host events on a global scale. We need a world-class convention centre in order to capitalise on Wales’s growing reputation in this area, to host international events and conferences on a regular basis.”

The plans were given full planning approval by Newport City Council in June last year, with construction expected to start this year, but only now have the details of the joint venture been finalised.

Sir Terry Matthews, Chairman of Wesley Clover, added: “I am delighted that we have reached this agreement in principle with the Welsh Government. I am confident the new convention centre, and the joint venture company, will be a financial success.”

It’s anticipated the new centre will create around 110,000 bedroom nights per year for hotels throughout South Wales. 

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