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Tourist chiefs hope for G8 dividend

Published 13/06/2013

Razor wire which has been laid in fields  near the Lough Erne resort in County Fermanagh the venue for next weeks G8 Summit
Razor wire which has been laid in fields near the Lough Erne resort in County Fermanagh the venue for next weeks G8 Summit
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: A protester is detained on Oxford Street as part of a protest ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
A car makes its way along a security fence erected around the G8 venue, the Lough Erne Golf Resort, in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Thursday, June 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
The new banner unveiled for the G8 protest at Belfast City Hall which will lead the Belfast G8 protest on Saturday organised by the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions
Police officers including members of the PSNI undergo riot training including the use of a water cannon at Longmoor Army Camp ahead of the G8 meeting in Northern Ireland
David Henshaw of Dancing Years performs outside Tate Modern, London, as part of a series of live music events organised by agit8 to raise awareness of their campaign to build pressure upon governments to end hunger and poverty in the run up to the G8 summit
Anti-militarist protesters outside the offices of BAE Systems in central London ahead of next week's G8 Summit of world leaders in Northern Ireland
Anti-militarist protesters outside the offices of BAE Systems in central London ahead of next week's G8 Summit of world leaders in Northern Ireland
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 12: General view of a film projection at agit8 at Tate Modern, ONE's campaign ahead of the G8 on June 12, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 12: General view of a film projection at agit8 at Tate Modern, ONE's campaign ahead of the G8 on June 12, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 12: General view of a film projection at agit8 at Tate Modern, ONE's campaign ahead of the G8 on June 12, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 12: General view of a film projection at agit8 at Tate Modern, ONE's campaign ahead of the G8 on June 12, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 12: General view of a film projection at agit8 at Tate Modern, ONE's campaign ahead of the G8 on June 12, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 12: Mic Righteous performing at agit8 at Tate Modern, ONE's campaign ahead of the G8 on June 12, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 12: David Gray performs at agit8 at Tate Modern, ONE's campaign ahead of the G8 on June 12, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 12: James Morrison performing at agit8 at Tate Modern, ONE's campaign ahead of the G8 on June 12, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 12: Dancing Years performing at agit8 at Tate Modern, ONE's campaign ahead of the G8 on June 12, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 12: Carly Connor performing at agit8 at Tate Modern, ONE's campaign ahead of the G8 on June 12, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 12: Tom Odell performing at agit8 at Tate Modern, ONE's campaign ahead of the G8 on June 12, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 12: Newton Faulkner performing at agit8 at Tate Modern, ONE's campaign ahead of the G8 on June 12, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Protesters are seen at the start of a demonstration on Oxford Street as part of a protest ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: A protester is seen on Regent Street after activists occupied a convergence centre of the Stop G8 protest group off Beak Street ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Police are seen on Beak Street to diffuse anti G8 protesters potentially becoming violent, as they reportedly occupy a Police Station ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Protesters are seen holding placards during a demonstration on Regent Street as part of a protest ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Protesters console each other after being led from a building they had been occupying on Beak Street in Soho, as part of a protest ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Demonstrators hold up a banner against the G8 outside the headquarters of British based oil multinational BP during a protest in London, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 .The protestors were demonstrating against the upcoming G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 17 and 18.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Riot police hold off protesters in Golden Square during a demonstration ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
A man walks past razor wire which has been laid in fields near the Lough Erne resort in County Fermanagh the venue for next week's G8 Summit
Protesters clash with police in Golden Square, London. Hundreds of riot police were deployed throughout central London today as protests took place against next week's G8 summit. A building was occupied by demonstrators in Soho and there was a stand-off between protesters and police in Piccadilly as officers blocked access to Fortnum & Mason. The historic shop was targeted during protests against Government cuts in 2011
Protesters clash with police in Golden Square, London. Hundreds of riot police were deployed throughout central London today as protests took place against next week's G8 summit. A building was occupied by demonstrators in Soho and there was a stand-off between protesters and police in Piccadilly as officers blocked access to Fortnum & Mason. The historic shop was targeted during protests against Government cuts in 2011
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: Police stand behind some anti-arms trade cordon tape during protests outside arms manufacturer BAe Systems on June 12, 2013 in London, England. Protests are expected to take place in London in the lead up to the G8 meeting to be held in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland on the 17 and 18 June 2013. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Riot police hold off protesters in Golden Square during a demonstration ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Protesters relax after being led from a building they had been occupying on Beak Street in Soho, as part of a protest ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 11, 2013 in London, England. Next week will see Enniskillen in Northern Ireland host the two day G8 summit where international leaders including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama take part in the two day event. The chosen location is only 8 kilometers from the scene of one of Northern Ireland's worst killings back in 1987, however Cameron is confident that it's secluded location will deter any potential trouble. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A man walks past razor wire which has been laid in fields near the Lough Erne resort in County Fermanagh the venue for next weeks G8 Summit
Security in fields near the Lough Erne resort in County Fermanagh the venue for next weeks G8 Summit
A water Cannon leaves a security check point near the Lough Erne resort in County Fermanagh the venue for next week's G8 Summit
Razor wire which has been laid in fields near the Lough Erne resort in County Fermanagh the venue for next week's G8 Summit
The G8 Summit will be used to showcase the attractions of Berlfast and Northern Ireland

The G8 summit will offer an unprecedented opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland to the world, a tourism chief has claimed.

Tourism Ireland is undertaking a promotional drive to coincide with the summit in Co Fermanagh in an effort to capitalise on the news focus on the region.

Officials are also hoping to engage with the hundreds of international media journalists who are travelling to the area to cover the political meeting.

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland said: "Hosting the G8 Summit offers an unprecedented opportunity to showcase Fermanagh and Northern Ireland, as well as to promote Northern Ireland as a top destination for hosting high level events and conferences.

"The international media profile accompanying the G8 is enormous and the ensuing publicity will raise the profile of Northern Ireland to help us achieve our goal of boosting visitor numbers. Tourism Ireland is focused on exploiting the tourism potential offered by the G8 to the fullest extent possible."

Tourism Ireland officials have invited a range of travel and lifestyle writers to Co Fermanagh prior to and after the G8.

Their itineraries will also take them to Londonderry to experience events associated with the city's year as UK City of Culture, as well as stops at the Giant's Causeway on the scenic North Coast and the £97 million Titanic themed visitor attraction in Belfast, the city where the doomed liner was built.

The organisation has also been engaging with conference and events organisers to showcase the region's potential as well as promoting Co Fermanagh at international travel fairs.

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