Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Enniskillen Celebrates Purple Flag Renewal

In November 2011 Enniskillen was honoured to be one of only four recipients from Northern Ireland and nine in the whole of the UK who were awarded a Purple Flag. This is the new “Gold Standard” that recognises towns and cities that provide great entertainment, hospitality and a safe night out.

Purple Flag has been developed by the Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM) and is backed by Government, Police and Businesses and supported by Diageo GB. It has become established as a quality standard that recognises excellence in entertainment and hospitality areas at night. Purple Flag has been designed as an objective assessment of five key elements of a town’s night time offer, between the hours of 5.00pm and 5.00am. It also aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town/city centres during the evening and night.

Having achieved the Purple Flag in 2011, the local Working Group, led by Fermanagh District Council, had to prove that the town continues to offer a positive experience to night time visitors and users. Just as Blue Flag is an indicator of a good beach and Green Flag a good park, Purple Flag is the indicator of where to go for a good night out.

Fermanagh District Council continued to lead the Enniskillen Purple Flag Working Group, which includes Council Officers and representatives of Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism, PSNI, Dept of Social Development and Fermanagh Retail Licensed Trade. The Working Group were delighted to receive notification from ATCM that Enniskillen’s Purple Flag would be renewed for another year. Welcoming the news of Enniskillen’s success, a spokesperson for the Enniskillen Purple Flag Working Group commented:

“We are delighted that Enniskillen, our County town, continues to be recognised as a quality evening destination and awarded the Purple Flag for another year. Our evening and night time economy has always been an important aspect of our tourism product, but we will not be standing still and will continue to work with our partners to develop and improve Enniskillen’s visitor experience”

For further information contact:

Mr Eddie McGovern
Fermanagh District Council
+ 44 (0)28 6632 5050

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