Celtic Manor expansion could bring £70m boost

DEVELOPMENT of a convention centre at the Celtic Manor Resort could bring £70million per year to the South East Wales economy.

That’s the figure given by Russell Phillips, vice-president facilities and development, speaking at a community meeting for Caerleon on Monday.

The expansion of the resort could see party political conferences, corporate and international conferences and music events held regularly at the Celtic Manor, which is already preparing for the NATO summit in September.

A three-storey car park would be built on the site of the existing car park, as well as a new bridge over the M4 which could replace the existing bridge or be built alongside it.

If planning permission for the new development is granted, the resort could accommodate more than 3,000 delegates per conference, Mr Phillips said.

An outline planning application is due to be submitted in April, with full planning permission sought at the end of the year if that is successful, with a view to starting work in spring 2015.

Bosses at the Celtic Manor hope to see the new convention centre in action by 2018.

The Celtic Manor Resort had full planning permission for a convention centre in 2000 and had even started to put in foundations, but the economic downturn meant plans had to be put on hold.

“A number of existing customers have outgrown the resort,” Mr Phillips said, adding they were losing custom to London, Manchester, Birmingham and other UK cities.

He estimated it would cost between £40million and £60million to construct.

Mr Phillips said: “There will be a number of trees that need to come down, but that will be minimal.”

He told residents a new car park would be landscaped and not obtrusive.

The hotel already has a workforce of 750 permanent staff with 300 seasonal workers, 90 per cent of whom are from the Newport area, Mr Phillips said.

He estimated the hotel currently pays out £25million per year into the Newport postcode in salaries and contracts with regular suppliers.

The amount spent on preparations for the Ryder Cup was £24million, he said, with almost everything sourced locally – with the exception of irrigation.

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10:12am Sat 8 Feb 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

Great news.
Let us hope that the regeneration of Newport Town Centre, will go hand in hand with the success of the Celtic Manor.
As far as Newport is concerned, from a position of zero the only way is up.
Great news. Let us hope that the regeneration of Newport Town Centre, will go hand in hand with the success of the Celtic Manor. As far as Newport is concerned, from a position of zero the only way is up. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 23

10:20am Sat 8 Feb 14

JanJenkins says...

Does this mean every time there is a conference the people of Caerleon are forbidden access to their homes and businesses, like with the International Conference . My son's business depends on people having access to his workshop which is on Bulmore Road, near Llantrisant, While the International Conference is going on and the week before and afterwards his business will stop as the Roads are Closed.. He could be issued with a pass but how are customers supposed to get to his garage, they can't. He is not looking forward to being stopped by armed Security, for the US President. and searched daily. The roads are closed every Golf match now, its getting the only person benefiting from The Celtic Manor is the owner.! and sod everybody who are constantly inconvenienced .
Does this mean every time there is a conference the people of Caerleon are forbidden access to their homes and businesses, like with the International Conference . My son's business depends on people having access to his workshop which is on Bulmore Road, near Llantrisant, While the International Conference is going on and the week before and afterwards his business will stop as the Roads are Closed.. He could be issued with a pass but how are customers supposed to get to his garage, they can't. He is not looking forward to being stopped by armed Security, for the US President. and searched daily. The roads are closed every Golf match now, its getting the only person benefiting from The Celtic Manor is the owner.! and sod everybody who are constantly inconvenienced . JanJenkins
  • Score: 12

10:34am Sat 8 Feb 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

As good as this news is for the local economy, I do like the way the argus has worded this "the Celtic Manor Resort could bring £70million per year to the South East Wales economy". Although correct I wonder if this would have been worded as Newport a few years ago before Mathews started offending the people of newport by saying that Newport should be joined with Cardiff and changing the postal address to Usk Vale. I think Newport over the years has pandered to his wants quite a bit and to slap us all in the face is an insult.

I hope that the money being spent is coming out of the celtic manors own purse.

I think that the closing of the minor roads around the caerleon area should be looked into as surly all traffic should really be brought in from chepstow road, and don't they have an access junction from the A449. So I don't see why they would really need to regulate the traffic on bulmore road.
As good as this news is for the local economy, I do like the way the argus has worded this "the Celtic Manor Resort could bring £70million per year to the South East Wales economy". Although correct I wonder if this would have been worded as Newport a few years ago before Mathews started offending the people of newport by saying that Newport should be joined with Cardiff and changing the postal address to Usk Vale. I think Newport over the years has pandered to his wants quite a bit and to slap us all in the face is an insult. I hope that the money being spent is coming out of the celtic manors own purse. I think that the closing of the minor roads around the caerleon area should be looked into as surly all traffic should really be brought in from chepstow road, and don't they have an access junction from the A449. So I don't see why they would really need to regulate the traffic on bulmore road. grumpyandopinionated
  • Score: 12

12:10pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Toothhurty says...

'The amount spent on preparations for the Ryder Cup was £24million, he said, with almost everything sourced locally – with the exception of irrigation'.....but the Ryder Cup bypassed us...........
'The amount spent on preparations for the Ryder Cup was £24million, he said, with almost everything sourced locally – with the exception of irrigation'.....but the Ryder Cup bypassed us........... Toothhurty
  • Score: 2

4:38pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Jonnytrouble says...

JanJenkins wrote:
Does this mean every time there is a conference the people of Caerleon are forbidden access to their homes and businesses, like with the International Conference . My son's business depends on people having access to his workshop which is on Bulmore Road, near Llantrisant, While the International Conference is going on and the week before and afterwards his business will stop as the Roads are Closed.. He could be issued with a pass but how are customers supposed to get to his garage, they can't. He is not looking forward to being stopped by armed Security, for the US President. and searched daily. The roads are closed every Golf match now, its getting the only person benefiting from The Celtic Manor is the owner.! and sod everybody who are constantly inconvenienced .
What your saying is 100 % true ( we can see that ) the MP/AM's will no doubt in there minds would prob agree with every word you have said on here,,but too scared to say anything for upsetting those that bring in the most money !
BIG money for the area is the name of the game im afraid !
and the BIG boy's win again , that's business !
[quote][p][bold]JanJenkins[/bold] wrote: Does this mean every time there is a conference the people of Caerleon are forbidden access to their homes and businesses, like with the International Conference . My son's business depends on people having access to his workshop which is on Bulmore Road, near Llantrisant, While the International Conference is going on and the week before and afterwards his business will stop as the Roads are Closed.. He could be issued with a pass but how are customers supposed to get to his garage, they can't. He is not looking forward to being stopped by armed Security, for the US President. and searched daily. The roads are closed every Golf match now, its getting the only person benefiting from The Celtic Manor is the owner.! and sod everybody who are constantly inconvenienced .[/p][/quote]What your saying is 100 % true ( we can see that ) the MP/AM's will no doubt in there minds would prob agree with every word you have said on here,,but too scared to say anything for upsetting those that bring in the most money ! BIG money for the area is the name of the game im afraid ! and the BIG boy's win again , that's business ! Jonnytrouble
  • Score: 4

11:20am Sun 9 Feb 14

Casnewydd lad says...

I think terry Matthews would up sticks and take his golf course with him if he could, the council are saying oh yes look it,ll bring in x amount of millions for newport but the sad truth is it doesn't, the Ryder cup being one, let's take stock of newport and see what we do have ie a deep water dock, to bring in big ships I think it's about time the council grew a pair and said enough is enough it seems to me that terry Matthews is calling the shots, the Celtic manor is in use valley with no mention of it being in newport. Terry Matthews your golf club and hotel are set in newport, fact so either inbrace that fact or close your place down you have not put anything into newport but you were quick enough to buy all the ground up which was cheap because you know it would of cost you much much more in another city for years you have reaped the rewards now I think it's about time you put something back into the heart of newport
I think terry Matthews would up sticks and take his golf course with him if he could, the council are saying oh yes look it,ll bring in x amount of millions for newport but the sad truth is it doesn't, the Ryder cup being one, let's take stock of newport and see what we do have ie a deep water dock, to bring in big ships I think it's about time the council grew a pair and said enough is enough it seems to me that terry Matthews is calling the shots, the Celtic manor is in use valley with no mention of it being in newport. Terry Matthews your golf club and hotel are set in newport, fact so either inbrace that fact or close your place down you have not put anything into newport but you were quick enough to buy all the ground up which was cheap because you know it would of cost you much much more in another city for years you have reaped the rewards now I think it's about time you put something back into the heart of newport Casnewydd lad
  • Score: 2

11:21am Sun 9 Feb 14

Casnewydd lad says...

Sorry ment usk valley
Sorry ment usk valley Casnewydd lad
  • Score: 0

2:38pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Newportg says...

Amazing!! The Celtic Manor brings more revenue into Newport than most other businesses and yet all the moaning Minnie's can do is **** about Terry Matthews. If I was him I'd say sod the lot of you and move his hotel elsewhere.
Amazing!! The Celtic Manor brings more revenue into Newport than most other businesses and yet all the moaning Minnie's can do is **** about Terry Matthews. If I was him I'd say sod the lot of you and move his hotel elsewhere. Newportg
  • Score: 2

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