1,000 jobs for Longford as Center Parcs plan Ballymahon Resort
Published: 2nd April 2015
The Taoiseach is in Longford today to visit the site where holiday resort firm Center Parcs plans to develop a forest holiday village, creating 1,000 jobs. The village is expected to open in Ballymahon, Co. Longford in 2019, pending planning.
It's expected 750 jobs will also be created during the construction phase.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny welcomed the "exciting development", calling it a "big investment in Irish tourism".
The majority of these jobs will filled locally with many roles filled by employees between the ages of 16 and 24. Center Parcs estimate that the new Village will inject approximately €32 million per annum into the Irish economy.
Speaking in Longford today, the Taoiseach said:
Today's announcement comes on the back of a strong recovery in the tourism sector following the implementation of a suite of pro-tourism policies by this Government. As a result, last year was a record year for tourism. There were over 7.6 million overseas visits to Ireland, up almost 9% compared to 2013. I am very confident that the outcome in 2015 will be even better. Early indications point to 2015 as another record year for tourism.
These visitor numbers reflect the fact that Ireland as a destination is continuing to improve and is becoming more attractive. Anyone who is an outdoor enthusiast will know that Ireland has a huge amount to offer. This is why the development of new tourist attractions like this Center Parcs Village and projects like the Wild Atlantic Way are going to play a key role in putting Ireland back on the map.