The three local authorities and partner venues have joined forces to generate additional business tourism spend within the region following a grant from the regional tourism partnership Capital Region Tourism. The joint initiative is encouraging industry professionals to find out more about what it has to offer the MICE industry and see for themselves that there is more than meets the eye.
The region offers:
• More than 50 flexible venues and hotels offering first class facilities, accommodating from 2 to more than 2,000 people.
• South East Wales sports offering boasts a racecourse, velodrome, the Football Association of Wales’ European training centre of excellence as well as more than 20 golfing venues.
• South East Wales has a rich cultural heritage including a UNESCO World Heritage Site at Blaenavon.
• A variety of indoor and outdoor activities including skiing, sailing, canoeing, quad biking, climbing, abseiling, caving, paintball shooting, paragliding, riding and kiting as well as llama trekking, hot air ballooning, fly fishing, wine tasting, steam railways and canal cruising.
• Monmouth holds the title of Food Capital of Wales with award winning vineyards, Michelin starred restaurants and the renowned Abergavenny Food Festival.
Lynne Richards, Tourism Officer at Newport City Council, comments: “South East Wales is the ideal business destination for domestic and international conferences, exhibitions, business meetings, incentives, team-building and training events. It offers the perfect blend of modern architecture with history; cutting edge city venues and breathtaking scenery that will enhance the success of any event. Once the industry discovers what we have to offer we’re hoping it will drive more business to the region and increase the economic impact we have.”