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Minister re-affirms support for business events in Parliament

Michael Ellis MP, under-secretary of state at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has re-affirmed the government’s commitment to supporting business events in Parliament.

Responding to a question yesterday in Parliament from Jessica Morden MP (Labour, Newport East) about the forthcoming International Convention Centre Wales at Celtic Manor, the minister said: “I commend the Honourable lady for her support of that conference facility.

“The fact is conferences, business events and events of all types are very important to the economy of this country and we engage with the Wales Office, as indeed, we do with the Scottish Government to support business events.” 

Urging Ministers “to work with the Wales Office to encourage more events and conference in Newport, home of the NATO Summit in 2014”, Jessica Morden MP said: “With the building of the new £84 million International Convention Centre at Celtic Manor, there is huge future potential for Newport.” 

Ian Edwards, Chief Executive of ICC Wales and the Celtic Manor Resort, said: “Following the recent “Business of Events Wales” Leadership Summit and the Minister’s recent appearance at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events, there’s real momentum in getting political recognition for the importance of conferences and events both for Wales and the rest of the UK. We’re proud to be playing a leading role in what will be a new era of event-hosting for the whole of the country”. 

A joint venture between Celtic Manor and Welsh Government, ICC Wales will accommodate 5,000 delegates when it opens next year, and includes a 4,000sqm pillar-free main hall, a 1,500-seated auditorium, 12 flexible meeting rooms, a double-height glass atrium and a 2,500sqm outdoor plaza.