Cardiff's Hotels Back Initiative to Promote Capital for Conventions
Byline: Sion Barry Business Editor
HOTELS in Cardiff are backing an initiative promoting the city to the world.
Hoteliers have agreed to share the cost of recruiting a manager to run Cardiff & Co's Convention Bureau, a move that is seen as a sign of a strengthened relationship between the hoteliers and the marketing company.
Cardiff Hoteliers' Association has warned that the growth in the number of hotel beds in the city has created a need to generate even more conference business, something recognised by Cardiff & Co - the public/private company set up to promote the city as a place to invest, visit, work, live and study.
Cardiff & Comanaging director Richard Thomas said: "This is a brand new partnership that reflects the shared vision we and the hoteliers have for the Cardiff business tourism agenda. The fact that the hoteliers have invested their funds in this post shows clearly how committed they are to our city and signals strengthened ties between them and Cardiff & Co's Convention Bureau.
Derek Harvey, general manager of the Cardiff Marriott and chairman of the hoteliers' association, said: "The growth of Cardiff has been spectacular and as investment increases, it brings with it even greater pressure on hotel businesses already established in the city.
"We need a dedicated convention centre here but that will take time to deliver. …