Center Parcs to provide €1bn boost to Longford’s economy
Center Parcs’ proposed €200m site in Ballymahon will be called Longford Forest and could generate up to €1bn for the local economy over the next 20 years.
Chief Executive of Center Parcs Martin Dalby last week met local politicians who travelled to Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire, a flagship Center Parcs facility.
Mr Dalby told the Longford contingent, which included 15 councillors and all four Longford-Westmeath Dáil deputies, that plans to open the 375 acre site in 2019 were still very much on track. He said the comparisons to that of Woburn were many.
Its size and vast activity offerings were just for starters.
The only differences, he said, could be drawn from the cost levels involved and expected occupancy rates.
“This park (Woburn) opened on June 6 last year and for the first year we ran at 95 per cent occupancy,” he confidently put it.
“It’s literally open and has been full ever since which is quite remarkable.