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ICC Wales opens its doors to buyers and agents for the first time

Gun dog handling and falconry were on the agenda for a specially selected group of agents who attended a fam trip showcasing both the new ICC Wales and the Celtic Manor Resort this month.

Each buyer enjoyed an action-packed afternoon of exciting activities, including gin blending, sausage making, chocolate making, gun dog handling, falconry and segways.

This was followed by a hard-hat tour of the ICC Wales site, giving guests an opportunity to experience the venue first-hand before it officially opens. A dinner was then served at The Rib Smokehouse and Grill, in the resort’s Coldra Court Hotel, and guests stayed overnight in at The Celtic Manor.

Natalie Dass, exhibition manager at Bioscientifica Ltd, said: “As a professional conference organiser based in Bristol, it is wonderful to finally have a purpose built events centre so close by. The team at ICC Wales has clearly put a lot of thought into the layout and design of the venue and I can see it’s going to be an excellent location at which to run meetings.

“The weekend spent at the Celtic Manor/ICC was wonderful from start to finish. The venue and activities were of course very enjoyable but what really made the weekend was the staff. Every person we dealt with was not only helpful, but had a genuine passion for and knowledge of the event and the company. That is the kind of thing which makes a real difference to a visit and we could not fault the team at all.”

When it opens this year, ICC Wales will accommodate 5,000 delegates and includes a 4,000sqm pillar-free main hall, a 1,500-seated auditorium, 12 flexible meeting rooms, a double-height glass atrium with views of the surrounding Coldra Woods and a 2,500sqm outdoor plaza. 

ICC Wales launched its first ‘Team Wales Business Accelerator’ event at The Celtic Manor Resort last month, bringing together members of the Welsh business events community to discuss practical ways to maximise opportunities from the launch of ICC Wales in 2019 and help shape the future of Wales as a destination for Business Events.

Sir Terry Matthews, owner of the Celtic Manor Resort where ICC Wales is being built, opened the event along with Welsh Government director for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Jason Thomas.