Secretary of State for Wales, the Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, joined top level meetings and events professionals for ICC Wales’ ‘Taste of Christmas’ event at the prestigious Lancaster House in London.
The evening delivered festive cocktails, canapes, and updates from Welsh government and the venue’s senior management team on the progress of Wales’ first international convention centre.
It was compered by former BBC political correspondent Guto Harri and speeches were given on the night by Alun Cairns MP; Rob Holt, deputy director – tourism development and major events, Welsh Government; and Jill Manley, commercial director, ICC Wales and the Celtic Manor Resort, who all spoke of the huge opportunity for Wales presented by the opening of ICC Wales next year.
Jill Manley said: “We are delighted to be joined in such a magnificent venue by so many distinguished guests and influential industry professionals, to celebrate the end of an exciting and productive year.
“ICC Wales has reached a point of near fruition thanks to a joined-up Team Wales approach. We have secured more than £4million in contracted revenue so far, and our clients have confidence in what we deliver. Wales is truly open for business.”
Alun Cairns MP said: “It is a great privilege to be here tonight at Lancaster House, and from one of the most historic venues I’d like to talk about one of the newest. ICC Wales is an excellent facility, modern and flexible and in close proximity to London. The UK industrial strategy is focused on growing the economy but also on spreading economic prosperity throughout the UK, and so we look forward to building a great Western powerhouse.”
When it opens, ICC Wales will provide total floor space for meetings, conferences, exhibitions and events of 26,000sqm. The venue is an £84m joint venture between Celtic Manor and the Welsh Government.