Published on : Friday, December 22, 2017
An eight-week public consultation into the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Community Plan started on December 12. The Community Plan contains three themes: People and Communities; Economy, Infrastructure and Skills and Environment.
Its economy section focuses heavily on the tourism sector.
The plan states: “The tourist economy is not fully utilised. Spending by tourists has averaged approximately £68 million per annum in the past three years. Reasons for this need to be explored and overcome.”
A report to FODC said: “Members are aware that Tourism is a significant economic driver within the district and this is reflected in the Fermanagh and Omagh 2030 Community Plan, as well as the Tourism Development Strategy and the Economic Development Plan. [There is a] need to ensure that there is appropriate stakeholder engagement (private sector representation) and monitoring of the various targets set out in the above plans.”
A presentation to Councillors said: “Tourism expenditure has declined by almost £1 million since 2015 and there has been no statistically significant change in overnight expenditure in Fermanagh and Omagh since 2014.”
Drop-in public information events will also be held in January 2018 in Lisnaskea Library, January16 from 6-8pm; Omagh Library on January 17 from 10am -8pm; and Enniskillen Library on January 23 from 10am-8pm.