It’s official, Enniskillen, Fermanagh’s county town, will host the world’s leaders for the G8 Summit in 2013.
Speculation had been mounting last week that our neighbours in Fermanagh were in the running for this prestigious event, and it was confirmed by UK Prime Minister David Cameron on a visit to Northern Ireland yesterday, Tuesday, November 20. No event of this magnitude has ever been held in Northern Ireland before.
The town which is less than 10 miles from the border of the Republic of Ireland will welcome US President Barack Obama, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin amongst others to it’s environs in June next year. The event will also see the world’s media descend on the county, in what will be a huge security operation as well as a massive coup for tourism in Northern Ireland and the border region.
The five star Lough Erne Hotel Resort will host the main event of the G8. The 120 room and suite resort which includes conference and banqueting services as well as a popular golf course is in an ideal location for the summit.
Situated on a peninsula on Lough Erne, the resort will make it easy for security to monitor demonstrators who follow the summit.
The resort has five helicopter pads, as well as access to a seaplane and is only a few minutes drive from St Angelo airport. This week, the hotel had to deal with a fire on the premises. The fire broke out at the hotel on Monday, November 18 shortly after 7am. The building, of which the first floor was said to be heavily smoke-logged, was evacuated of guests and no injures were reported.
It is understood that to deal with the huge numbers expected for the summit, a large number of hotels throughout Co Fermanagh have been block booked during the summit’s duration. Others counties are also expected to feel some foot fall around the world class event and boats on the Shannon Erne are also set to become popular for the month.
With the world’s media just up the road, the border region will be hoping to capitalise on some publicity.