Belfast Telegraph

Relaunch of landmark hotel creates 33 jobs in Fermanagh

By Amanda Poole

A new hotel has opened in Co Fermanagh with the creation of 33 full-time jobs.

The Enniskillen Hotel replaces the landmark Fort Lodge Hotel, which went into administration last year.

The new venue has 35 beds and conference facilities for up to 200 people.

The business is being run by Michael Cadden and his brother David Cadden, members of the family behind the Lusty Beg Island resort which is also in Fermanagh.

Figures released last month by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) suggested a sharp decline in the number of tourists coming to Northern Ireland.

The statistics indicated visitors from Great Britain and the rest of Europe are down 15% and 20% respectively, while visitors from North America are up 18%, and hotel room occupancy rates are up 11%.

But Michael Cadden, director of the Enniskillen Hotel, said the fact the G8 summit is being hosted at the nearby Lough Erne Resort next June is great news and there is a need for hotel beds in Fermanagh.

"We've taken over a landmark building and feel very good about the decision," he said.

"We have been vindicated by the announcement of the G8 and believe the forecast for Fermanagh is excellent next year.

"So far our bookings have been very strong."

Mr Cadden said that the hotel received a staggering 500 applications for the 33 positions that were on offer.

The director added that he was pleased that the Enniskillen Hotel was able to recruit people who were previously without employment.