Center Parcs is to invest €85m to expand its Co Longford Forest Resort, with the creation of 250 permanent jobs and a further 300 during construction.
Published: 15th June 2021
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the announcement was “fantastic news” for Longford and for the Midlands, describing Center Parcs as “a really valued employer in the area”.
Minister Robert Troy said that 'This investment is thanks to huge confidence in business and in Ireland’s domestic tourism market.'
Site surveying and design is to begin immediately and the company hopes to submit a planning application to Longford County Council by the end of the year.
If permission is granted next year, Center Parcs hopes to begin construction in 2023.
1,000 people are permanently employed at the site and remained so during the pandemic.
Center Parcs opened in Ireland two years ago this summer, and currently has 466 lodges and 30 apartments, with capacity for up to 2,500 guests. The proposed expansion would see the construction of 200 new lodges including 4 luxury treehouses and further development of its existing pool, spa and activities, all within the existing 400-acre site boundary.
Martin Dalby, CEO of Center Parcs UK and Ireland, said it feels that now is the right time to invest further in the resort.
He added that the expansion underlines Center Parcs' commitment to its business in Ireland.