Cardiff City Football Club will meet the new season in a £30m stadium which will have two main conference and dining areas.
It will be the second largest stadium in Wales seating around 26,000 spectators and adds to the city’s stadium critical mass, including the Millennium Stadium and the first nPower Ashes test at the SWALEC Stadium. The conference spaces have just opened and can accommodate more than 600 delegates each. There will be 14 boxes which, on non-match days, can be used for smaller meeting areas or breakout rooms.
Sales and marketing manager for the Compass Group, which manages the hospitality and events side of the business, Sian Morse, tells conference-news that in just two weeks there has already been good business from the NSPCC, Coca-Cola and Barclays. “The type of business that indicates we will be a popular venue”.
Elsewhere in the Principality, an 18th century historic country residence set in 600 acres of Pembrokeshire parkland, Slebech Park, has opened its doors for the first time to the corporate market.
A £4 million 11-year redevelopment has resulted in the venue winning a platinum grading for business from Visit Wales.
The main corporate facilitates are housed in the venue’s coach house where 100 delegates can be accommodated theatre style. The grounds can be used for activities including archery, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, coracle racing and dragon boating.
Also in Pembrokeshire the Preseli Venture Eco Lodge has become the first activity centre in West Wales to gain five star grading from Visit Wales. The lodge has undergone an £350,000 refurbishment. Activities there include coasteering, kayaking, cliff jumping and surfing.