The Celtic Manor Resort, host venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup, has been named Sport Venue of the Year at the Sport Industry Awards 2011. The award caps a fantastic year for the five-star Resort, which was hailed as hosting the “greatest ever” Ryder Cup last October.
The Sport Industry Awards are Europe’s largest and most prestigious commercial sports awards and Celtic Manor won the award after a judging process involving more than 60 key industry figures and 50 hours of intensive scrutiny. Celtic Manor beat off competition from The O2 and Ascot Racecourse to win the award, whilst it was also shortlisted for “Best Use of PR in a Sport Campaign” on what proved to be a memorable evening for the Resort.
Celtic Manor’s Marketing and Commercial Director, Gareth Rees Jones, and PR Manager, Paul Williams were on hand to collect the award, which was presented by Olympic Gold Medallist, James Cracknell and TV presenter, Charlotte Jackson. The award recognises the venue that offered the most flexible, creative and meticulous approach to hosting events and serving the needs of its visitors in 2010.
Commenting on the win, Gareth Rees Jones said: “The whole team at Celtic Manor is delighted to have won this prestigious award. We’ve had a very memorable year with The 2010 Ryder Cup proving a successful climax to more than a decade of hard work from everyone involved in the Resort.
“The Ryder Cup effect continues to have a very positive impact on our business and we look forward to hosting more exciting events including the upcoming Saab Golf Week and Elemis Polo at the Manor.
“This award further highlights the calibre of our venue and the facilities it has to offer visitors coming for golf, family holidays, leisure breaks, corporate events and weddings.”
The latest recognition tops a remarkable 12 months for Celtic Manor, which is shaping up to host Saab Golf Week from 30 May – 05 June. It was crowned Europe’s ‘Golf Resort of the Year 2011’ by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), the UK’s Top Conference Hotel for the fourth year running and the UK’s Best Hotel at the Meetings & Incentive Travel awards 2011.
Set in 1,400 acres of wooded parkland in the scenic Usk Valley, South Wales, The Celtic Manor Resort boasts three hotels, two luxurious spas and health clubs, tennis courts, shooting, fishing and the choice of no fewer than six restaurants, as well as its three championship golf courses.
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