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and Omagh District Council has established a new tourism partnership
which will work to enhance and strengthen local tourism through the
delivery of the Visitor Experience Development Plan (VEDP) for Fermanagh
Lakelands & Omagh and The Sperrins.
The Partnership met in Enniskillen for the first time on Tuesday 21
March to commit to realising the ambition set out within the VEDP for a
regenerative, year-round tourism destination.
The Partnership includes members from Fermanagh and Omagh District
Council, Tourism NI, Waterways Ireland, Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland,
DAERA, Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark, Department for Communities,
Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism, Loughs Agency, National Trust, South West
College, Sperrins Partnership Project, National Museums NI and Invest
NI. The inaugural meeting of the VEDP Delivery Partnership is a key
milestone in the delivery of the Visitor Experience Development Plan
and, alongside the core membership, the Partnership is working on plans
to establish inclusive industry and community engagement models.
The VEDP is a 10-year destination roadmap that will focus on
regenerative tourism, delivering authentic visitor experiences, while
benefitting local communities, businesses, and the environment.
Funded and developed by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Tourism
NI and Waterways Ireland, the VEDP will create greater alignment
locally across the tourism sector through stronger collaboration from
key delivery organisations and a more joined-up approach to tourism
Councillor Barry McElduff, Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District
Council commented: “The Fermanagh Lakelands & Omagh and The Sperrins
is a truly beautiful part of the world in which to live, work and
visit. We are keen to share this with visitors locally, nationally, and
A key part of the vision set out in the VEDP is that our visitors
become temporary locals when they are here. Through delivery of
memorable moments, we will inspire our visitors to share their
experience and encourage them to return.”
Garret McGrath, Regional Manager, Waterways Ireland explained:
“Waterways Ireland and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council have worked
in partnership for many years to the benefit of residents and visitors
to the Lakelands.
This successful relationship with the Council and with Tourism NI has
enabled the VEDP, a roadmap for future development with the goal of
delivering sustainable tourism growth and social and economic benefits.
Moving into the delivery phase of the VEDP we look forward to working
with our partners and industry to implement the plan fully across Lough
Erne over the next 10years and securing its reputation as a world class
Martin Graham, Regional Manager with Tourism NI added: “We are
delighted to collaborate with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and
Waterways Ireland to provide funding, support, and advice to this new
VEDP for Fermanagh Lakelands & Omagh and The Sperrins.
Like the VEDP, regenerative tourism will be a golden thread that will
run through the new Northern Ireland tourism strategy and that too will
be achieved through partnership working and collaboration”.
Chair of the VEDP Delivery Partnership, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly
commented: “I have been an advocate for tourism in the district for many
years and I am delighted to see that the first steps in achieving our
ten-year plan have been taken in Enniskillen at our inaugural steering
group meeting. Whilst there are many challenges ahead; having commitment
to its implementation will bring huge opportunities to our district as a
growth area for tourism.”
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