The date for the general election was announced last week and this week the campaign really took off with the first debate at the start of the week. The politicians were all out in force canvassing to homes and business across the country. From a tourism perspective I'm delighted to see that all parties have presented quite interesting tourism policies and I look forward to working with the next government on implementing these policies and creating jobs for the sector.
I paid a brief visit to our Limerick property, the Carlton Casteltroy Park hotel, this week where I met with the hotel's general manager Denis Deery. I was delighted to hear from Denis that plans for 2011 are well advanced and expectations for the year are bright despite challenges in the local environment. As we prepare for the coming season its great to see the Carlton Shearwater and Carlton Abbey both holding wedding fairs this weekend. Being the most romantic weekend of the year, they couldn't have chosen a better time to have wedding fairs! Both events are expecting VIPs and special guests so if you're around the Kildare or Galway are make sure to call into the hotels. I had meetings in the Dublin area for the rest of the week so I didn't get around to any of our other properties but I should be on the road next week so I might get a chance to call into some then.
Watching the Ireland match at home last week, although great, wasn't as much fun as it would have been to watch it live in Rome. It was a close call but thankfully Ireland pulled through and won by a margin of just two points. Thankfully I'll get to watch the next match live as I'll be in Aviva Stadium on Sunday to see Ireland take on France. Hopefully we'll see a repeat performance of last weekend and Ireland will make it two in a row! The Magners league is also in full swing this week with one match already after taking place between Leinster and Aironi last night and then three more this weekend for Connacht, Munster and Ulster. Leinster were victorious in their match against the Italians so let's hope the other three Irish teams have a similar fate this weekend.
I have the perfect rugby weekend planned and make sure to enjoy whatever you're up to this Valentine's weekend!