The €200 million Center Parcs Holiday Family Resort to be built near Ballymahon, will become the shining jewel in the tourism crown for the Midlands region, says Fine Gael TD for Longford Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden.
Center Parcs’ announcement today for Newcastle Woods in Ballymahon is a massive vote of confidence in the town, county and the wider region. This incredible project endorses the Government’s commitment to ensuring the economic recovery is not just confined to the cities but is spread to the regions.
“Today’s announcement clearly confirms that this region is firmly on the radar when it comes to major job creation initiatives. I want to pay rich tribute to the work of all the stakeholders, primarily, Center Parcs, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton; the IDA, Coillte, the Longford County manager Tim Caffrey and his colleagues.
“I’m really excited about this project. When I was Mayor, I consistently said that the most amazing natural resource we have for tourism is all around us and this wonderful project unveiled today confirms this.
“UK company Center Parcs has a proven track record in specially constructed holiday village resorts in a forest environment, and when initial moves were afoot for them to locate in Ireland, I was delighted to be able to assist in helping to secure the project for Ballymahon and County Longford.
“From an economic and tourism perspective, we cannot underestimate the huge benefits this Center Parcs family holiday resort will bring in terms of investment in the regional economy. The sheer scale and size of this development is truly breath-taking and when fully scaled up, it will create 1,000 permanent jobs on site, 500 full-time, and another 300 jobs indirectly. The project will involve the construction of up to 500 lodges and villas and the spin-offs in construction, food, hospitality and retail will also be hugely valuable to Ballymahon and the wider constituency. 750 jobs will be created alone during the construction phase.
“Center Parcs estimate the resort will generate up to €32m every year for Longford, the region and the national economy.
“As with its five villages in the UK, Center Parcs’ Ballymahon development will provide short breaks in comfortable family-friendly accommodation, while also providing a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities for people to enjoy. Their five resorts in England enjoy an annual occupancy rate of more than 97% which bodes very well for the Ballymahon resort.”