New Resort Manager describes enquiry levels as ‘very encouraging’ since announcement by Economy Minister
The 5-star Lough Erne Resort has announced plans to re-open for business on 20 July 2020.
The resort’s newly appointed General Manager, Joanne Walsh, said the opening date would be subject to official guidance from The NI Executive and clarification on the level of services that would be permitted.
Ms Walsh said the resort had experienced ‘significant’ enquiry levels since the announcement by Economy Minister Diane Dodds that accommodation providers could open to the public from 20 July.
“We’re delighted to announce Lough Erne Resort is working towards re-opening for business from 20th July 2020 and we are now accepting bookings for accommodation and golf with future bookings for dining and events, including weddings.
“There is no doubt there is a strong pent-up demand for leisure breaks after such a prolonged period of lockdown. Lough Erne Resort occupies a unique 600-acre countryside location where visitors can escape, indulge and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. We believe this – coupled with our new, heightened focus on guest wellbeing – will make us a strong choice as a very different summer holiday location over the coming months.”
Lough Erne Resort has also announced it is set to unveil a new range of experiential packages that continue to focus on Golf, Wellness and Wellbeing. Guests will also be encouraged to go outdoors and embrace the outstanding natural beauty surrounding the resort, whilst in the kitchen, award-winning executive chef, Noel McMeel has created a range of new menus that reflect his long-standing commitment to seasonal local produce.
A new guest care and wellbeing ‘Promise’ has also been created to give staff and guests confidence around social distancing and resort hygiene.
Within the promise are commitments around:
- Staff and Guest temperature checking
- Advance check-ins and express check-outs
- The introduction of a new Guest Care and Wellbeing Team
- The provision of single-use items like menus and condiments, as well as heightened hygiene systems and availability of hand-sanitiser units throughout.
- One-way flow systems for food and beverage services
- Limitations on the use of elevators
Joanne Walsh – who was one of the original management team when Lough Erne Resort opened its doors in 2007 – said she believed Northern Ireland was poised for a strong uplift in Staycations.
“Lough Erne Resort has always retained a strong staycation market and our view is that 2020 will truly become the year of the Staycation for the market as a whole. In the past 24 hours we have received bookings for a three week stay in one of our suites, two five day stays in our luxury self-catering lodges and a number of other enquiries around multiple night stays from guests throughout the island of Ireland. So far, it’s been very encouraging.
“Our wedding business, which is a crucial element in our overall offering, has retained its bookings and is also showing strong signs of recovery with several weddings secured following ‘virtual tours of the resort’ during lockdown. Golf membership enquiries have risen too. We realise these are early days, but these are nonetheless very positive signs for the resort, Fermanagh and our industry as a whole.”
For more information on Lough Erne Resort log on to www.lougherneresort.com