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Foster opens new four-star, self-catering complex in Enniskillen

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

Tourism Minister Arlene Foster has officially opened the Westville Watersedge Apartments in Enniskillen.

The complex of 12 self-catering apartments overlooking Lough Rossole and Lough Erne, has been awarded four-star status under the Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s Accommodation Quality Grading Scheme.

Speaking after the official opening, the Minister said: “Visitors come to Enniskillen to enjoy our beautiful natural landscapes, as well as our visitor attractions, and it is important that we have a full mix of accommodation available to make their stay as pleasurable as possible.

“This luxurious complex of serviced apartments is a marvellous addition to our existing accommodation assets in Fermanagh. Providing all the comforts of a hotel stay, with the added freedom and independence of a private space, the apartments will appeal to families and groups looking for an affordable getaway."

Highlighting the tourism developments in Fermanagh over the past two years, Arlene Foster continued: “Over recent years we have been working hard to improve all aspects of our tourism offering. Last week we experienced the second Happy Days Beckett Festival and it was a great success due to the variety of the events on offer and the world class artists who participated.

“Our local tourism industry is going from strength to strength and the feel-good factor since the G8 summit is strong. High quality accommodation such as this is essential if we are to build on the achievements to date and reach our tourism goals.

“In addition to the tourism benefits that this investment will provide, the fact that 10 jobs have been created as a result of the development is great news for the local area. I can only commend the vision and work of the Cassidy family that has helped to make Enniskillen the place to stay for both international and domestic visitors.”

Commenting on the award of four-star status to the Westville Watersedge Apartments, Caroline Adams, NITB Quality and Standards Manager, said: “NITB’s Quality Grading Scheme is designed to give visitors a clear idea of the standards of hospitality, service, cleanliness, comfort and food they can expect during their stay. A four-star rating is a reflection of excellence and one that will inspire great confidence in visitors who book a stay in these superb apartments.”

The apartments have been developed by the Westville Hotel Group, which operates the four-star boutique Westville Hotel in Enniskillen. There are four different styles of apartment, sleeping four to six, and set out on four floors with lift service and secure parking facilities.

Nicky Cassidy, Director of Westville Apartments, said: “We believe that this new complex, which provides 64 extra beds in Enniskillen, will be a boost to tourism locally as they offer a luxury alternative to a hotel stay. Interest in them has been high and we are already getting bookings for the year ahead.”

Notes to editors:

1. Four star status indicates the hotel is considered to have an ‘excellent’ overall standard of accommodation.

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