TOURISM BOOST FOR FERMANAGH AND PORTSTEWART

KILLYHEVLIN ANNOUNCE £1.4M INVESTMENT IN NEW LAKESIDE LODGES

The 4-star Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh has announced a £1.4 million investment in fourteen brand new lakeside lodges, which are due to open on March 31, 2017.

The Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel Lodges were designed to a high specification by Elliott York Partnership. They are one-of-a-kind lodges situated on the banks of Lough Erne with stunning panoramic views. Limavady based company, FastHouse Ltd and Jonathan Kavanagh Construction Ltd were engaged to complete this project within 4 months.

Jacqueline Wright and Leigh Watson, Directors of the Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel are joined by Lee York of Elliott York Partnership and Tanya Cathcart of Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism.

Leigh Watson, Director of Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel, said:

“A great deal of planning and meticulous design work has gone into the creation of these impressive lodges and we are delighted to announce that they will be ready for bookings from the end of this month.

“We spent a lot of time with our Design Team to ensure the lodges merge perfectly within their breath-taking setting on Lough Erne and make the most of the scenic views. I can say now, that the contemporary design and interior of the lodges has surpassed all of our expectations and we can’t wait to welcome our first guests.

“The lodges offer the perfect escape for couples looking for a romantic break yet are versatile enough to appeal to families and groups who want to spend their time in a unique setting. Each lodge consists of an open plan lounge and modern kitchen area with two ensuite bedrooms. The contemporary decking area will allow guests to appreciate the panoramic views.

“Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges are situated 1km from Enniskillen town, making them the perfect base from which to explore all that County Fermanagh has to offer. Please contact our Reservations Team soon to book your stay in one of our unique Lakeside Lodges,” added Leigh.

Prices start from £550 per week, for more information or to book a stay go to www.killyhevlin.com or call +44(0) 28 6632 3481.

Find out more at www.facebook.com/Killyhevlin and on twitter @killyhevlin

 

The 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open set to be biggest ever!

STRAFFAN, IRELAND – MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

 

The 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation is set to be the biggest in the tournament’s history, with an increased prize fund of US$7million to be matched by an enhanced fan experience outside of the ropes.

 

Four-time Major Champion Rory McIlroy will defend the title in front of his home fans at Portstewart Golf Club from July 6-9, adding another level of excitement to the island of Ireland’s national championship.

STRAFFAN, IRELAND – MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 9th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

The announcement last November which confirmed the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open as one of the eight prestigious Rolex Series events also means it will benefit from increased investment across the board, enhancing the overall fan experience as well as the digital, broadcast and social media offering.

 

With a spectacular increase in prize-fund, up more than 60% from 2016, along with greater Race to Dubai points on offer, some of world golf’s biggest names will arrive on the Country Derry/Londonderry coast with the aim of dethroning McIlroy and joining the esteemed list of Irish Open Champions.

STRAFFAN, IRELAND – MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Tickets for the 18th grandstand at Portstewart – which will enjoy an action-packed view of the 17th tee as well as the final green – have already sold out for Sunday, July 9, but tournament organisers have responded by adding 300 extra seats to increase capacity.

 

Those limited tickets, as well as general admission tickets, are on sale now at www.dubaidutyfreeirishopen.com.  A percentage of all ticket sales will be donated to the Rory Foundation which supports children’s charities around the world and is hosting the tournament for the third year running.

 

The two previous Northern Irish editions of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open were both sell-outs – first in 2012 at Royal Portrush and then in 2015 at Royal County Down.

 

For those who cannot see the action up close, the stunning Northern Irish coastline will be broadcast around the globe to more than 450 million the homes, enjoying an increased eight hours of live coverage on Thursday and Friday, up from six in previous years, and six hours at the weekend, up from four.

 

Simon Alliss, the European Tour’s Championship Director for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation, said: “This event has always been one of the highlights of the European Tour season and one of the biggest events on the Irish sporting calendar, but this year fans will be treated to a real festival of golf.  As part of the Rolex Series, we have increased our investment in the overall fan experience and we are planning a host of announcements between now and the beginning of July, with some very exciting musical acts in the pipeline for our show stage.  That, along with other enhancements in the tented village area – featuring interactive golf activities for all the family – and new on-course bar areas will give our fans a golf day out on a whole new scale.  Tickets are already selling quickly and, with so many player and fan enhancement announcements to come, we fully expect the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open to be another sell-out.”

 

Tourism NI Chief Executive John McGrillen said: “As the tourism industry gears up to host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, the third Irish Open in the space of five years in Northern Ireland, we eagerly anticipate a week of outstanding golf, increased visitors and a sell-out event in Portstewart.  This world class championship has gone from strength to strength since 2012 under the superb professional management of the European Tour and the personal commitment and energy of the Rory Foundation.

Tourism NI, along with our partners in the Department for the Economy, Causeway Coast and Glens Council, PSNI, Translink and many others will be working hard over the next months to ensure we deliver a memorable tournament for locals, visitors and players and that we spread the economic benefits across the region this year and for years to come.”

 

Barry Funston, Chief Executive of the Rory Foundation, said: “This is the third year we have hosted the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and we are delighted to see it back in Northern Ireland.  The tournament enables us to build on our platform for positive change reaching into the community and developing innovate initiatives to help children in most need.  A percentage of all ticket sales will go directly to the Rory Foundation enabling us to continue in our mission of helping children live better lives and we are looking forward to a sell-out event.

 

Tickets for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation, on sale at www.dubaidutyfreeirishopen.com, begin at £20 for Pro-Am Wednesday, with tickets for Thursday and Friday costing £40 and day tickets for the weekend costing £45. An adult season souvenir ticket, which covers five days of world class golf from Wednesday to Sunday, costs just £100 (a saving of £90 over the course of the five days).

Concessions are available for customers aged over 60 and between 16 and 21, while children up to 16 are permitted free entry when accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

To get a full seated view of all of the drama at the 18th green, grandstand tickets cost £11.50 for Thursday and Friday, £16.50 for Saturday and £21.50 for Sunday.

Official Hospitality packages are also available on the ticketing page, or alternatively contact the European Tour’s dedicated Hospitality Sales Team, who will be happy to answer any queries and discuss the various hospitality options, on enquiries@europeantourhospitality.com or +44 (0) 1344 840681.