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Business Travel in Cardiff Although Wales only accounts for 5% of the UK business tourism market, Cardiff owns a large share of that making it one of UK’s most important cities for business.

Each year the Welsh capital hosts more than 600,000 business trips with an associated spending of some £100 million. And in recent times Cardiff has played host to many prestigious events such as the European Summit 1998, Labour Party Spring Conference 2002 and major international sporting events.

The Cardiff Initiative estimates that nearly half of all business trips to Cardiff are for a conference, which is probably why the city has so many top class seminar and conference venues and business-accommodating hotels.

For those of you travelling by air to Cardiff you may want to stay in a hotel that’s close to the airport but not too far from the city centre. And situated less than half a mile from the airport terminal is the Cardiff Airlodge [map] (CF62 3BT), a three star hotel with 32 en suite rooms. In addition to all the usual facilities the hotel has three function rooms, a lively bar and a restaurant. Taxis can be arranged to make the short trip to the airport or the 30-minute journey to the city centre.

Another well-respected hotel that's a stone's throw from Cardiff International Airport [map] is the Cwn Ciddy Toby Motel [map] (CF62 3BA), which offers basic but pleasant accommodation.

If you’re planning on staying in the city centre during your trip you’ll be pleased to know there is a good selection of hotels that cater for all your business needs.

Forte Posthouse [map] (CF10 1BT) is a modern, high-rise hotel on the east bank of the River Taff, opposite Cardiff Castle and Bute Park, within easy walking distance of all city centre attractions.

The hotel boasts a restaurant, bar, secure parking, business facilities and some of the rooms have beautiful views over the river and the Millennium Stadium. In addition there are conference facilities for 200 delegates, with a theatre and separate meeting rooms on a purpose-built conference floor.

Set directly opposite the Millennium Stadium [map] and 200 metres from the main shopping centre, the Grand Hotel [map] (CF10 1DD) offers the ideal location for those who want to be at the heart of the action. This hotel has been fully modernised over the years and now offers a full range of facilities and services to suit everyone from the single business traveller to larger family groups.

All the rooms here have en suite bathrooms, direct-dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities and satellite TV. A trouser press, iron and hairdryer are available on request. The brasserie restaurant serves a wide range of light and full meals throughout the day, and there are conference and function facilities available for up to 200 people.

Located on the dazzling Cardiff Bay complex, St David's Hotel and Spa [map] (CF10 5SD) boasts 132 bedrooms, all of which have private balconies and views across the bay. All the rooms are equipped with interactive satellite television, private bar, safe and all the modern technology required by today's business visitor including Easy Connect high-speed Internet access, telephones with voice messaging, fax machine, hairdryer and trouser press.

This hotel also offers impressive conference facilities, including four meeting rooms, which can accommodate private dinner parties for up to 40 people or meetings for up to 45 people theatre style. In addition to this there are two conference suites: the Dylan Thomas on the ground floor, which can accommodate up to 270 theatre style, and the more recently completed Roald Dahl on the first floor, which can accommodate 200 theatre-style. The conference suites benefit from natural daylight and unique waterfront views over Cardiff Bay, whilst also having the latest audio-visual technology, including videoconferencing and hi-speed broadband.

There are also plenty of top class conference facilities in the city centre, including the award winning Conference Centre of Wales [map], St David’s Hall (CF10 2SH). Among the facilities here are four bars, a restaurant, four large foyer lounges, two art galleries, display space and a stunning auditorium, which has been ranked acoustically as sixth best in the world. This venue provides comfortable seating for up to 2,000 people and in the past has hosted a variety of political conferences, major conventions and annual general meetings. In addition to all this there is the Viscount Tonypandy Room, which boasts its own reception area and en suite facilities especially suitable for VIP receptions, small lunches and dinners, private interviews and committee meetings.

Cardiff University [map] (CF10 3XQ) also provides business facilities all year round, including a spacious hall for up to 230 delegates, an exhibition area, audio-visual equipment and telephone points.

But probably the city’s most popular destination for conferences at the moment is Wales’ sporting crown jewel, the Millennium Stadium [map] (CF10 1JA). With its seven suites and 124 executive boxes overlooking the pitch, this is the perfect place to host your event, whether it is a breakfast meeting for 10 delegates or an exhibition and conference for your entire workforce. It can also provide a unique setting for banquets, product launches, graduation balls and Christmas parties.

Once all the hard work is over for the day chill out at one of Cardiff’s many restaurants such as the La Brasserie [map] on St Mary Street (CF10 1FE) or The Junction Restaurant at the Posthouse Hotel, where staff make a special effort to make lone diners feel welcome.

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