Plans to make the Lakeland Forum a tourist attraction
LOCAL dreams of a state-of-the-art ‘aquatic world’ type attraction in Fermanagh may still come true, with proposals to transform the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum (FLF) into a tourist attraction that draws crowds.
Plans for the comprehensive redevelopment of the 45-year-old recreation center in the coming years have moved in the background since their first announcement in 2018, and the Council recently appointed a team of experts to assess how this redevelopment should play out.
While experts may not have specifically called for wave machines, water slides and lazy rivers, the resulting report calls for turning the center of Enniskillen into a tourist attraction.
In July this year, the Council appointed specialists from the leisure industry to carry out a “stop and think” exercise taking stock of the work already carried out within the framework of the planned redevelopment. The specialists’ report was also tasked with providing “a new and expert point of view” and taking into account “current market knowledge on leisure and leisure trends, taking into account the impact of Covid” .
To do this, the experts reviewed previous redevelopment proposals, examined user data and analyzed latent demand.
In a report to the Council’s Regeneration and Planning Committee meeting, the Council presented some of the key findings of the “Stop and Think” exercise.
He said experts concluded that “significant opportunities” exist to “create a destination, an experience that will attract visitors from a wider area who will live longer and benefit the tourism economy.”
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Posted: 5:14 p.m. October 14, 2021