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Manor House Country Hotel in Fermanagh wins 'Oscar' at prestigious awards

By Staff Reporter

Manor House Country Hotel in Fermanagh has scooped one of the 'Oscars' of the hospitality industry.

The family-run venue has been named Northern Ireland Hotel of the Year in the prestigious AA Awards, presented at London's Grosvenor House.

"The award is widely recognised within the industry as the 'Oscar' we all want to win," said managing director Liam McKenna.

"The accolade by the AA is tremendous recognition of the journey that began 30 years ago, developing and restoring the Manor House into a venue that would attract guests locally, regionally and internationally."

Located in the Lakelands on the shores of Lower Lough Erne, Manor House dates back to the 17th century. It began trading as a small hotel in 1958 and was bought by the McKenna family 30 years ago.

Employing more than 80 full and part-time staff, it now has 80 bedrooms, extensive conference and banqueting facilities and is well-known as a wedding venue.

"We've won awards in the past, but the AA award means a lot because it's the recognition of our peers in the industry," said general manager John O'Neill.

"The awards have an international profile and this stamp of approval will go a long way in helping us grow the number of overseas guests."

The stronger euro, resulting from June's Brexit vote, has resulted in a surge of business in recent months.

"There's been a significant increase in visitors from the Republic," added Mr O'Neill.

"The feedback I'm getting from the tourism sector locally is that Fermanagh has had a tremendous summer. Conference business is also picking up after the recession and we have plans to refurbish our conference suites over the winter.

"We've just completed a major upgrade of our leisure centre and spa. You have to keep investing."

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