Fermanagh 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 and Omagh and The Sperrins.

The partnership met in Enniskillen for the first time on Tuesday, March 21 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 group is a key milestone in the delivery of the VEDP 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 road map’ that will focus on regenerative tourism, delivering authentic visitor experiences while benefitting local communities, businesses, and the environment.

Funded and developed by the 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 development.