2 September

Center Parcs Invited to Consider Kerry for Second Irish Resort

Center Parcs to Create 1,000 Permanent Jobs at Longford Resort and 750 Construction Jobs

Statement by Brendan Griffin TD (FG) Kerry

Tuesday, 01 September 2015

 

KERRY Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin, has contacted the CEO of a major UK Holiday Resort Company inviting them to consider locating in Kerry.

Center Parcs recently announced intentions to set up a major new forest resort in County Longford, which would employ 1,000 people on a permanent basis and 750 people in the construction phase.

Deputy Griffin said:

“I believe that County Kerry presents a massive opportunity for Center Parcs. Kerry is the tourism capital of Ireland and we are constantly looking at products and attractions to enhance our overall appeal.

“The announcement by Centre Parcs in relation to the proposed investment in Longford is a major boost to the entire midlands region and I hope that the project can be brought to fruition. I believe that there is similar, if not more potential for a sister Center Parcs resort in Kerry.

“Kerry has a highly refined tourism industry already in place and has all the infrastructural and human resource support to accommodate such a new attraction. Many Kerry towns are already internationally renowned tourist locations and Kerry now boasts the Wild Atlantic Way to complement well-established driving routes in the county, such as the Ring of Kerry.

“The County benefits from favourable grant aid for large enterprises due to our recent addition to the Investment Aid map. Further to this, the 12.5% rate of corporation tax has been protected and the rate of VAT has been dropped by one third to 9% for tourism activity.

“I have offered to meet representatives of Center Parcs in Kerry or any other location to discuss the matter further and put them in contact with the relevant state agency and local authority representatives and hope that my proposal will receive favourable consideration.”

ENDS

Further information from Brendan on 087 6528841

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