These guys obviously see Europe as their hinterland. This is not a tuppenny-ha’penny project. As to population, I’d wager there is a greater population cohort within 1,000 miles of Dublin than there is within 1,000 miles of Las Vegas. The transport modalities are much the same - by plane for the greater part - and I can only assume that they aim for coach/train tours from Dublin, Cork, Shannon, and so on. You will be picked up in Dublin, waltzed through the beautiful countryside, and arrive in your hotel in 90 minutes. Newark to Atlantic City would take longer.
Gambling tourism is a growing market - you alluded to the Hong Kong Chinese (and others) trekking to Macau in ever-growing numbers - and it cannot be ruled out that hordes will come from the UK and Northern Europe for an experience they might not be able to get around the baccarat tables in Monte Carlo. I mean, it’s not as if Irish people are not making trips to Amsterdam or Thailand for things denied to them here, so why should the good denizens of Europe not venture to a place where they can get some of the best horse racing in Europe, for example, any amount of poker tables, all lubricated by an authentic Irish drinking experience? This plan is so crazy, it just might work…
Side trips to the Rock of Cashel, the Ring of Kerry, and to Connemara. Fishing in Lough Derg, surfing in Lahinch, and so on. There would be no shortage of sidelines to the gambling gig. And the planned reproduction of the Grand Canyon that is planned for Upperchurch will deprive Las Vegas of its USP…
I can imagine some Russian ogilarch or Arab Sheikh, tossing and turning in his bed as he ponders on whether to spend the weekend in Monte Carlo or the replica Whitehouse down in Tipperary.
If these guy’s were Movie Directors, they’d probably financially back Waterworld 2 with Kevin costner.
As tacky as the replica White House is, I defy anyone to tell me how they decry this on the one hand, and then worship at the altar of tack that is Las Vegas. Replica? The whole city is a replica. Or maybe a replicant. (There were Dicks involved either way).
I get ya on the oligarch/sheikh thing, but I think these guys are aiming for a stag party from Gillingham or Groningen.
Austin Broderick (President of Thurles Chamber of Commerce) was on The Last Word the other night talking about this. The levels of denial were amazing. This guy would give our own Comical Austin a serious run for his money. All the more so because he sounds like he believes what he was saying. There was a much more sensible performance from some guy who works in the gaming industry in Dublin explaining why it could never work. But it was like trying to explain to a Member of Spinal Tap that you could just make ten louder. And the me-feinism was naked and shocking. Two-Mile-Borris uber alles and devil-take-the-hindmost. Absolutely no appreciation that to give Two-Mile-Borris this non-chance you’d have to spend a lot of money that could be better spent elsewhere.
Hmmm Miami or Two Mile Borris which will be built first if either ever will
The greatest gamble ever: Developers in Miami punt $3.8bn on building world’s biggest casino Hopes to raise $600 million in tax revenue for Florida
Will have more floor space than Las Vegas’ six biggest casinos
Subject to approval of Bill that would take away tribe state’s monopoly