ICC Wales joins AEV


ICC Wales joins AEV

30 Jun 2018 ICC Wales




June 2018


Welsh venues join AEV


The International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales) and sister venue The Celtic Manor Resort have signed up to become full members of the Association of Event Venues (AEV), a leading trade body which represents venues of all sizes and types both in the UK and internationally.


An £83.7m joint venture between Celtic Manor and Welsh Government, when it opens next year ICC Wales will accommodate 5,000 delegates 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. 


ICC Wales has already secured contracts with several major events including Alzheimer’s 2020 and ACT (Association of Corporate Treasurers).


Host venue for the 2014 NATO Summit, The Celtic Manor Resort has been a leading conference destination since opening in 1999 and has been voted the Best UK Hotel at the Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards for seven of the last eight years.


Ian Edwards, Chief Executive of ICC Wales and Celtic Manor Resort, said: “Becoming members of a major trade association such as AEV is an important step for us as we look towards the launch of ICC Wales in June next year. As the only completely new venue to open in 2019, it is vital that we establish our voice in the industry and form part of the discussion. We are also looking forward to connecting both of our venues with our peers, learning and sharing best practice for the benefit of the wider industry.”

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Notes to editors


ICC Wales is managed by Celtic Manor’s expert leadership team responsible for the successful delivery of the 2014 Nato Summit and the 2010 Ryder Cup. Opening in 2019, the

ICC Wales is located within the grounds of the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport just two minutes from the M4. 




  • "Great day hosting our first AEV working group event!..WOW did I learn a lot and some great insights into how other venues work and the challenges they are trying to overcome. If you are a venue looking to network with other like minded professionals I would recommend looking at joining the AEV".
    Danielle Worker
    Corporate Events Team Leader, Silverstone Circuits Ltd
  • "“Great essential for a successful venue. The AEV provides a platform to establish consistent best practice in this field"
    Phil Wetz
    Retail & Catering Manager, ExCeL London
  • “The AEV provides collective representation for its member venues, turning individual commitment into a group effort"
    Paul Brough
    Venue Health & Safety Manager, Olympia London
  • "Proud to be part of this Cross Association discussion. I am confident in our ability to improve and progress our working platform through conversation".
    Amir Vered
    Head of eForce and IT, Olympia London (Chair of Cross Association Technology WG)
  • “The AEV is essential to the venue sector’s ability to cooperate and collaborate"
    Jazmin Beale
    Head of Marketing & Communications, Olympia London
  • “The AEV undertakes crucial work on behalf of event venues up and down the country to ensure our voice is heard. They reinforce the important role our sector plays in delivering economic impact, increasing trade, providing jobs and driving the visitor economy.”
    Lucy Merritt
    Head of Marketing and Communications, ExCeL London
  • AEV Membership is a key part of our business strategy; it has and will continue to be a core elements of our plan to support knowledge sharing in the industry and to develop both our team and the venue.
    Kate Vandenburg
    Marketing Director - Business Design Centre
  • Our team at ACC Liverpool feel indebted to the substantial work that the AEV do for our amazing industry. As the pillar association for venues across the country it’s a real privilege for our teams to participate in many of the working groups, learning and contributing to new processes which helps drive our industry forward on a national scale.
    Colm Graham
    Senior Exhibition Account Manager, ACC Liverpool
  • We have benefited hugely from all of the insight, discussion, events and networking, but it has also meant that we have been able to give back to the industry by sharing our unique experiences and professional knowledge and allowing our employees to help lead and shape the Association from the inside.
    Mathew James
    Head of Brand, Telford International Centre
  • “The AEV has been an invaluable asset to us as a company and the wider industry, helping to lobby on the industries behalf, consolidating and distributing information and facilitating vital knowledge sharing.”
    Charlie Hodgson
    Managing Director at The Kia Oval