A new Border Uplands Project to increase the tourism profile of Fermanagh, Cavan, Leitrim and Sligo region, was launched yesterday(Wednesday) at the Marble Arch Caves.

Attending the cross-Border event was Tourism Minister, Arlene Foster and the Republic's Minister for Small Business, John Perry.

The project is supported by INTERREG IVA.

Minister Perry said the project would use cross border co-operation to strengthen and develop the tourism products in the Irish Central Border Area Network region and develop the region as a world class tourism destination.

"The Border Uplands project will create much-needed outdoor access and recreational and amenity infrastructure. The project will follow best international practice for such developments, using the UNESCO Geoparks model as a central design concept in its development strategy. The planned works here at the Marble Arch Caves and elsewhere in Co. Fermanagh will, I hope, help to build on the already well-established tourism potential of this beautiful county and will contribute significantly to the overall success of the project. The linkages to attractions in nearby counties will create useful synergies.

Fianna F�il Councillor, John Paul Feeley also welcomed the Project which has funding of over 800,000 euros.