As the Celtic Manor Resort continued to be high-profile in the news headlines during the final day of the NATO Summit in Wales, Chief Operating Officer Ian Edwards tells CN the major event could provide a springboard for the resort’s plans for an international convention centre.
Edwards said he was “delighted to have been given this opportunity to host such an important summit and to welcome so many of the world’s most influential leaders”.
“We are, of course, accustomed to staging major events,” he added, “but this is probably bigger than the Ryder Cup. We had 10 years to prepare for the Ryder Cup, we’ve had less than a year to prepare for this hugely important event.
“To give you an idea of the scale of the operation, our Head of Event Management, Leon Hughes, would normally look after around 20 big conferences and events during a year. This year he has been taken off all other events to concentrate solely on the NATO Summit because of the level of detail required.
“The really important thing about hosting the summit is the opportunity it gives Celtic Manor, Newport and Wales to be on the world stage and show that they can pull together an event of this magnitude. It’s no secret that we have ambitions here at Celtic Manor to build a new Wales International Convention Centre and we want the NATO Summit to act as a springboard for securing more major events in Wales.”
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