Newport must learn lessons from Ryder Cup for NATO summit - Celtic Manor chiefs

NEWPORT SUMMIT: Nato will be coming to the Celtic Manor in Newport in September

NEWPORT SUMMIT: Nato will be coming to the Celtic Manor in Newport in September

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SENIOR figures involved with hosting the NATO summit have told MPs lessons must be learned from the Ryder Cup.

Simon Gibson and Ian Edwards of the Celtic Manor Resort spoke at Welsh Affairs Select Committee, where Mr Gibson admitted to the House of Commons group that Newport didn’t benefit as much as it should have done from the golfing event that took place in 2010.

Meanwhile Mr Edwards called for Carwyn Jones to press David Cameron on outreach programmes.

The Celtic Manor is set to host the massive world summit this September.

MPs were told the Welsh Government was doing what it could to move the event forward and make the most of it.

But Ian Edwards, chief operating officer at the Celtic Manor, said: “I think the first minister has got to say to the prime minister: we are 100 days to go, we’ve got nothing nailed down in terms of outreach programmes, how we are going to benefit from this; so who’s going to make this decision?”

Mr Edwards said: “We have a Newport university that we need to push the name of and the brand.

“How great will it be if we got one of the world leaders talking at the university on [the] world economy and how they are bringing their country through the crisis at the moment?

“How great will it be if we got an outreach programme into the schools of Newport?”

“Newport is spending £250 million in regenerating that city. We want people to know that”.

Mr Edwards added: “We have got to learn the lessons from the Ryder Cup and make sure we don’t make the same mistakes with NATO, and make sure we talk about the positives.”

Mr Gibson said: “100 days away from the biggest event Wales will ever host. We should be over this like a rash, we should be running at 100mph.”

The committee heard that Wales had done well internationally from the Ryder Cup, but Mr Gibson said: “Locally we did not benefit as much as we should have done at the Ryder Cup. That’s particularly true of the city of Newport. For whatever reason it just never came together.”

With 60 world leaders expected at the summit Mr Gibson raised the prospect that Barack Obama’s official plane, Air Force One, may arrive in Cardiff.

“There will be a massive ruck around him - lets think about the 59 other world leaders that are in the list,” he said, stating NATO was a “massive opportunity”.

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2:06pm Wed 14 May 14

Floppy backed says...

"The committee heard that Wales had done well internationally from the Ryder Cup, but Mr Gibson said: “Locally we did not benefit as much as we should have done at the Ryder Cup. That’s particularly true of the city of Newport. For whatever reason it just never came together.”

Newport did not benefit in the slightest. How did Wales fair well then? How do they know this and what benefits has Wales seen since? It lined the pockets of the Sir Terrance and it got great marketing for the hotel. For all the money Newport City provided should be taken to the Audit Commission as nothing materialised while Newport City Council bent over backwards to accommodate Mr Matthews. Big lesson learnt here dont be taken in by all the gloss - is it really as good as it sounds and ask to see hard evidence before parting with the cash.
"The committee heard that Wales had done well internationally from the Ryder Cup, but Mr Gibson said: “Locally we did not benefit as much as we should have done at the Ryder Cup. That’s particularly true of the city of Newport. For whatever reason it just never came together.” Newport did not benefit in the slightest. How did Wales fair well then? How do they know this and what benefits has Wales seen since? It lined the pockets of the Sir Terrance and it got great marketing for the hotel. For all the money Newport City provided should be taken to the Audit Commission as nothing materialised while Newport City Council bent over backwards to accommodate Mr Matthews. Big lesson learnt here dont be taken in by all the gloss - is it really as good as it sounds and ask to see hard evidence before parting with the cash. Floppy backed
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2:31pm Wed 14 May 14

billy boy 2 says...

How is Newport going to benefit when the town is in such a state the new development should have been finished before the Ryder cup if we where to get any benefit out of these events
How is Newport going to benefit when the town is in such a state the new development should have been finished before the Ryder cup if we where to get any benefit out of these events billy boy 2
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2:45pm Wed 14 May 14

-trigg- says...

I expect most of these foreign dignitaries will land at tthe major airports in England and then drive down the M4 in their multi-vehicle motorcades.

The only way Newport would benefit from the Nato meeting is if we introduce a special "limousine" rate for the bridge tolls and spend the money collected on meaningful community projects.
I expect most of these foreign dignitaries will land at tthe major airports in England and then drive down the M4 in their multi-vehicle motorcades. The only way Newport would benefit from the Nato meeting is if we introduce a special "limousine" rate for the bridge tolls and spend the money collected on meaningful community projects. -trigg-
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3:11pm Wed 14 May 14

JanJenkins says...

The usual will happen. Roads will be closed, Those that work in the area cannot continue with their jobs. because customers cannot get to them, so will looses a weeks wages. (My son being one of them) and then there are the expected hundreds of protesters causing problems for the police and residents, then clean up afterwards, of the mess left by the protesters camped out Illegally or otherwise over farm-land along the Usk and Bulmor roads.
l wonder who is expected to pay for that.The people of Newport, Us ? .
There will be no benefit for the people who live and work around the Celtic Manor just inconvenience.
The usual will happen. Roads will be closed, Those that work in the area cannot continue with their jobs. because customers cannot get to them, so will looses a weeks wages. (My son being one of them) and then there are the expected hundreds of protesters causing problems for the police and residents, then clean up afterwards, of the mess left by the protesters camped out Illegally or otherwise over farm-land along the Usk and Bulmor roads. l wonder who is expected to pay for that.The people of Newport, Us ? . There will be no benefit for the people who live and work around the Celtic Manor just inconvenience. JanJenkins
  • Score: 4

6:55pm Wed 14 May 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

….’ Mr Edwards said: “We have a Newport university that we need to push the name of and the brand’……
How do you push the ‘Newport brand’ when it no longer exists?
The University of South Wales…..as it states on its web site…..
‘is based on five campuses spread around South Wales. The cities of Cardiff and Newport have campuses, plus there are 3 more rural campuses in Pontypridd and Caerleon.’
And with forthcoming changes as a result of the takeover by Glamorgan there will be a further dissolution of any remaining brand Newport may have had……
….’ Mr Edwards said: “We have a Newport university that we need to push the name of and the brand’…… How do you push the ‘Newport brand’ when it no longer exists? The University of South Wales…..as it states on its web site….. ‘is based on five campuses spread around South Wales. The cities of Cardiff and Newport have campuses, plus there are 3 more rural campuses in Pontypridd and Caerleon.’ And with forthcoming changes as a result of the takeover by Glamorgan there will be a further dissolution of any remaining brand Newport may have had…… Dave on his Soapbox
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8:34pm Wed 14 May 14

33daverave says...

Let's not forget some of the staff at the Celtic who have been told they'll have no work for a month in the run up to and during the summit.What will they do for money ? That's money being taken out of the local economy.
Will Newport benefit ?
No chance.Just a chance for a bunch of third rate councillors to big it up for a few days before going back to ruining Newport.
Let's not forget some of the staff at the Celtic who have been told they'll have no work for a month in the run up to and during the summit.What will they do for money ? That's money being taken out of the local economy. Will Newport benefit ? No chance.Just a chance for a bunch of third rate councillors to big it up for a few days before going back to ruining Newport. 33daverave
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9:09pm Wed 14 May 14

Foxyboy3rd says...

I would not be in the least bit surprised if the Ryder Cup cost Newport a lot more than any benefit derived from it, other than that, that the Celtic Manor did and continues to.
I would not be in the least bit surprised if the Ryder Cup cost Newport a lot more than any benefit derived from it, other than that, that the Celtic Manor did and continues to. Foxyboy3rd
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11:40pm Thu 15 May 14

Elliott79 says...

Such cynicism!! The whole point of the CM reps going to the Welsh Aafairs Select Committe was to get the WAG to actually DO something to support the city (and Wales) for a change by leveraging anything it can from having world leaders on its doorstep! With such an attitude in these posts, I don't know why they bothered! Whatever happened to having pride for LOCAL entrepreneurs who bother to speak out in order to make a difference!?
Such cynicism!! The whole point of the CM reps going to the Welsh Aafairs Select Committe was to get the WAG to actually DO something to support the city (and Wales) for a change by leveraging anything it can from having world leaders on its doorstep! With such an attitude in these posts, I don't know why they bothered! Whatever happened to having pride for LOCAL entrepreneurs who bother to speak out in order to make a difference!? Elliott79
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