G8 WILL FOCUS GLOBAL SPOTLIGHT ON BORDER REGION – JIM HIGGINS MEP

23 November 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Next year’s G8 summit in Co Fermanagh will bring a global spotlight to the border region, according to Jim Higgins MEP (North West), a member of the European Parliament’s Tourism Committee.
 ”The world leaders of the eight richest nations will gather in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh next June for a world summit that will bring a global spotlight to the border region and could potentially benefit the surrounding counties of Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim and Donegal,” Mr Higgins said.
 It follows an announcement by the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, confirming that next year’s G8 summit of world leaders will be held at the five-star Lough Erne hotel and golf resort, Enniskillen in June 2013.
 ”This will easily be the highest-profile event to ever be held in the border region and is a real vote of confidence in the area and will be followed by a large visiting international media presence. There have been many cross-community, peace-building projects linking North and South developed in this region, funded by the EU. This summit presents an opportunity to showcase some of those success stories and the various tourist attractions on offer through the attending media.
 ”State tourism agencies must recognise the marketing potential this event presents on an overseas and domestic level and seize the opportunity to promote the region, perhaps in conjunction with their northern counterparts, by being proactive in generating a broader media coverage of the area,” The Fine Gael MEP added.
 G8 leaders due to attend the event will represent the United States, France, the UK, Germany, Japan, Italy, Canada and Russia along with numerous other high-profile policy-makers from Europe.
 ”US President, Barack Obama, creates a great deal of interest wherever he travels and I certainly hope all such visiting dignitaries and media personnel are encouraged to take the time to make the short journey to Ireland North West to sample the wealth of attractions my constituency has to offer,” Mr Higgins concluded.

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