Tourism workshop in full swing at stunning golf resort
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed over 120 international buyers to Lough Erne Resort, which will host the Irish Open golf tournament in 2017.
Tour operators from markets including North America, Britain and Europe were at the resort, which also hosted the G8 summit of world leaders last year, to take part in a major 'meet the buyer' workshop.
The event, organised by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) and Tourism Ireland, involved a series of face-to-face sales meetings between buyers from around the world and representatives from the Northern Ireland tourism sector.
Arlene Foster told delegates: "The Meet the Buyer Workshop is one of the most important dates in the Northern Ireland tourism calendar.
"Now in its 24th year, it provides an important platform for local businesses to meet with key international buyers, many of whom are here for the first time.
"Tourism has an important role to play in the development of our economy and the strong attendance of delegates from across the globe shows that the interest in Northern Ireland as a holiday destination remains high, not least because of international events like this year's Giro d'Italia."
She said there had been more good news for tourism in Northern Ireland with confirmation that the Irish Open will return to Northern Ireland in 2015 and 2017.
It will be held in Royal County Down Golf Club in 2015 and Lough Erne Resort in 2017.
The minister said the resort would play host to "some of the world's greatest golfers" after hosting the world's most powerful leaders during the G8 summit of 2013.