The Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales has strengthened its corporate relations team with two new appointments as it reports increasing conference revenues and occupancy rates.
Total revenues at the resort of £10.6m for first quarter of 2016, signify a jump of 7.5% on Q1 last year, the management tells CN, while conference and banqueting revenues (including related bedrooms) are up 13% on Q1 last year.
Bedroom occupancy has risen to 88%, compared to 83% for same period last year.
The venue that staged the 2014 NATO Summit has appointed Ali Morrill as corporate relations manager for the key London region, where the resort is aiming to capture more business from the major UK companies and national associations based in the capital.
Construction work is to begin in September on the £80m Wales International Convention Centre at the site, which should bring more of the largest events to Celtic Manor and to Wales in future.
The existing conference facilities have also been bolstered by the recent acquisition of the neighbouring Hilton Newport, now rebranded as the Coldra Court Hotel by Celtic Manor.
Morrill said: “People I talk to in the industry are already very keen to find out about the international convention centre and what it is going to bring to Celtic Manor and to Wales, so there’s some very exciting years ahead of us.”
Originally from Cardiff, Morrill spent 20 years in the conference industry in Scotland as international sales manager at Gleneagles Hotel and director of sales at the Caledonian Hilton in Edinburgh, before returning to South Wales.
Celtic Manor has also promoted Gemma Smith (pictured left) to sponsorship and hospitality executive.
Annual events at the five-star Resort include Polo at the Manor, the Celebrity Cup presented by Bulmers, a Fireworks Spectacular and the month-long Christmas Kingdom.