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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.............

Dublin Wedding Fair - By Guest Blogger Aoife Smyth

Posted: 2013-01-25 13:00:00 For those of you that don’t know me, I started in the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport back September as part of my Marketing course with NUI Galway and for someone who loves to be on the go my placement couldn’t have been a better match! I was delighted to be asked to guest blog this week and would love to take this opportunity to fill you all in on our upcoming wedding fair.Following the busy weekend we had at the Wedding Journal Show at the start of January we here at the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport decided the best way to follow up all our enquiries was to hold our first Wedding Fair of 2013. The fair is the same day as the Bride of the Year show, the 27th of January, in the hope you will make Sunday a day out and pop into us after the hustle and bustle of the RDS. W ...

Eventful Week at Carlton

Posted: 2013-01-18 16:45:00 For most people January tends to be a quiet month as they relax after the hectic Christmas party season but here at Carlton it’s as busy as ever. This month the hotels are really focused on weddings, which I suppose is down to the fact so many people get engaged over Christmas. Last weekend we had a stand at the Wedding Journal Show in the RDS and it was a great success. We got some great enquiries and also managed to confirm a few appointments with future brides to be so definitely a successful weekend!Last night the Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown held a wedding showcase evening and they had a great turn out. Many of the newly engaged couples brought along their family and friends to see the hotel and from what I’ve heard there were plenty of enquiries and a few provis ...

New Partner Hotels

Posted: 2013-01-11 17:20:00 I’d like to start by welcoming you all back after the Christmas break and wishing you a very Happy New Year, hopefully you’re all settling back into work ok. For us it can be hard to settle back in January after the busy Christmas period but what a great start to the year it has turned out to be. Not only did we have our January sale this week, offering 50% off B&B rates, which was a great success but we also welcomed two new partner hotels into our hotel collection.The first of the two hotels to join our hotel collection this week was the Salthill Hotel in Galway. The Salthill Hotel is a lovely property that is located right on the Salthill promenade with panoramic views of Galway Bay. I’ve visited the hotel many times myself in the past and have always enj ...

Christmas Final!

Posted: 2012-12-19 16:00:00 As with the previous two years, we have been searching for the next Carlton Apprentice and after weeks of competitive selling we are now down to the final two. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of this year’s Apprentices and to commend them on the hard work they have been doing selling Carlton vouchers. There can only be one winner though and this year it will either be Conchúr Finnegan from the Carlton Blanchardstown or Róisín Kearney from the Carlton Dublin Airport.Both our finalists did exceptionally well on their gift voucher sales to date and they will go head to head this week in two Dublin shopping centres. Conchúr will be selling Carlton gift cards in Jervis Street Shopping Centre and Róisín will be i ...

Tralee Wedding & Birthday - By Guest Blogger Brigeen O'Sullivan

Posted: 2012-12-07 17:00:00 What a week it has been in Tralee this week! Preparations are in full swing for today’s wedding of the beautiful Sinead Delaney and Kerry footballer Daniel Bohane. We were delighted to welcome them both along with their family & friends. There are also Kerry football stars enjoying their celebrations but not a kit bag or football boot in sight! After months of meticulous planning the Riverview Suite has been transformed into a Wedding Winter Wonderland and the party is now in full swing! We wish them both a life full of health, wealth & happiness. The Carlton Tralee Apprentice Shona Houlihan is really enjoying her experience this year and has spent the week promoting our Carlton Christmas Vouchers. She is a bit like Santa at the moment – making a list and che ...

The Perfect Christmas Gift

Posted: 2012-11-30 17:00:00 It really felt like the beginning of the Christmas countdown this week with the freezing weather we’ve had. Each morning this week I’ve gone out to the car with a full kettle and it’s nearly been frozen again by the time I get back into it. I suppose we can’t really complain though because although it’s cold at least it’s not raining or worse, snowing! There are rumours of snow for this weekend but once it doesn’t reach the levels we had a couple of years ago we should be ok.At Carlton head office, this week brought the start of the Christmas gift voucher advertising and the launch of this year’s campaign. Although we sell gift vouchers all year round, Christmas is obviously the busiest time as our vouchers are a very popular Christ ...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted: 2012-11-23 16:00:00 It’s been another hectic week for me here at the Carlton Group but I really can’t complain because I much prefer being kept busy. I did get to spend a good portion of the week in my office which always helps with catching up on paperwork as it can build up if I leave it too long. The main event this week was of course Thanksgiving and although it is traditionally an American holiday, with so many people now living away from home there were probably plenty of Thanksgiving celebrations all around the world. As many of you know, the day after Thanksgiving is known as ‘Black Friday’ in America, as after being closed for one day all the stores re-open with massive sales. This is one tradition that seems to have travelled over here because I’ve noticed a l ...