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Welcome from our Managing Director

As Managing Director of Carlton Hotel Group, I'd like to welcome you to the Carlton Hotel Group blog. The Carlton Hotel Group was established in 2004 and since then has developed as one of the premier Hotel Groups in Ireland. In the past 9 years Carlton has grown substantially from operating one hotel to having a presence in many locations throughout Ireland.
Through this blog it is my aim to give you an insight into what's going on in all of our hotels plus my opinions on current affairs, general activities and events. I will also by inviting some of my colleagues to write on the blog, giving you more opinions and insights into what's going on at Carlton. If you have any questions or queries on any of the posts please leave a comment and I will respond at my earliest convenience. Enjoy reading.............

A Week of Two Finals

Posted: 2010-12-17 16:30:00 This week began with Bill Cullen choosing his next apprentice in the final of TV3’s Apprentice and will end with me finding my new apprentice as we reach the final in the search for the Carlton Apprentice. On Monday night I attended the wrap party for TV’s Apprentice in Crystal and it was a great night. I must admit it was great to get the opportunity to chat to all the candidates after briefly meeting them for the Carlton task on the show. They were all very friendly but in true reality show fashion a few of them came across very differently to how they were portrayed on the show. It’s definitely all about making good TV but to be honest that’s what kept us all glued to the show for the past 13 weeks! Bill and Jackie made an appearance, along with the win ...

Apprentice Week 13 - The Final!

Posted: 2010-12-14 11:00:00 The final of the Apprentice aired last night on TV3 and it certainly didn’t disappoint, with both contestants proving they deserved their place in the final. Niamh and Michelle were set a marketing task by Bill where they had to host an event for three clients using experiential marketing. Neither of them were too familiar with experiential marketing but Bill brought back some of the past candidates to help them with the task. Once both finalists had chosen their team they set off to visit their three clients for the event.The members of both teams worked really well together because for once they weren’t competing for the same prize. Niamh managed Elev8 and all members of the team worked hard to help her chances of winning the task and Fusion also worked together to ...

The First Challenge

Posted: 2010-12-10 17:00:00 It’s busy around the Carlton Group this week as all the hotels have been enthusiastically getting ready for the first Carlton Apprentice task. The first challenge began today with the gift voucher selling task in Tesco stores across Ireland. All of the candidates have been preparing for weeks and drumming up support from their family and friends. As none of the candidates have experience in sales they may find it difficult at first but listening to what all of them have planned for the two days I’m confident they’ll do well. What started as a direct sales task for the candidates and their sales managers has turned into a competition between all the hotels with each of the candidates having the full support of their property behind them. It’s great to see s ...

Apprentice Week 12

Posted: 2010-12-07 11:00:00 This week Bill Cullen’s apprentices faced one of their toughest tasks, the one most of them were probably dreading. The semi-final on The Apprentice is the interview round, where Bill organises for four of his business colleagues to grill each of the final candidates in interviews. This generally makes for good television as we get to find out more about the candidates and see if they have any skeletons in their closets!Normally at this stage there are only three candidates left but this year Bill had four; Will, Panos, Niamh and Michelle. All of the four candidates were grilled by Gavin Duffy, Mairead Fleming, David Bloch and Sheena Clohessy. Although the main objective is to interview the candidates, each of the interviewers is given particular instructions on what to gri ...

It's That Time of Year Again!

Posted: 2010-12-03 16:00:00 Every year the same thing happens……the 1st of December arrives and I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas. You would think by now I’d be used to the year rushing in but without a doubt Christmas always seems to come earlier every year! The start of Christmas at the Carlton Group is marked by the launch of our gift voucher campaign. We sell vouchers all year round but the most popular time of year for them is December. Although our Christmas campaign generally begins in late October or early November the real push is from the 1st of December, it’s when we really go all out! This year we are running a billboard campaign across Dublin with a very original ad involving babies in Santa hats on a laptop. I must admit it wasn’t my idea but I do ...

Apprentice Week 11

Posted: 2010-11-30 12:30:00 After last week’s show saw two Apprentices being fired Bill was now left with only five candidates this week. As Michelle was on team Fusion on her own Bill moved Barry to join her which left a split of three against two. This week’s task involved creating a website and rewards scheme for Carry-Out off license, along with a social media campaign to support it. They emphasised that they were keen to target the female market as their main consumer base was male and they wanted to expand on that.The teams had two days to complete the task, ending on a presentation in a designated Carry-Out store on day two. Elev8 found it hard to decide on a project manager as all three candidates were eager to take it but they eventually decided on Niamh. Fusion opted not to choose a pr ...

The Carlton Group Abroad!

Posted: 2010-11-25 16:00:00 This week we had two representatives from the Carlton Hotel Group at the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham. Thys Vogels, general manager of the Carlton Hotel Tralee, was their representing Failte Ireland and George Hook, sales manager of the Carlton Hotel Kinsale, was representing Kinsale Tourism. It was a very busy event with 15,000 visitors passing through on the opening day alone with a further 95,000 expected. They both took part in a Masterchef challenge with George really getting into it by donning a chefs hat for the task!As the rest of us are enjoying our festive weather, our Director of Sales and Marketing has been faced with the unfortunate task of donning the suncream each day as she is doing work for Tourism Ireland in Australia and New Zealand. As her journ ...