There will be life after the credit crunch, oil will be affordable again, (not cheap – but affordable), and the insatiable desire of people to travel, learn and experience different cultures will see a welcome resumption of growth in travel and tourism.
And Ireland will be ready for that day with several exciting projects which are making tremendous progress and will all, co-incidentally, come on stream in 2010.
First up will be the spectacular new stadium at Lansdowne Road, home for the Irish soccer and rugby teams. Fabulous design, this terrific new addition to Irish sport is scheduled for completion in April 2010.
It will be followed within weeks by Terminal Two at Dublin Airport. What a welcome return to what airports should really be like. Bright, spacious, comfortable, minimum queuing time, the end of congestion, and a better journey for all the 25 million plus passengers who will use it each year.
And just a few short weeks later, the first 2000 delegates will pass through the new airport facility en route to a medical conference at Ireland’s brand new national conference centre, the Convention Centre Dublin.
These three brilliant projects are well under way as you can see and will add a welcome new dimension to the Irish tourism product.