THE NEW ?30M Carlton Dublin Airport Hotel opens today, followed by a further ?35m launch in Kinsale by the same group at the end of July.
These developments are part of an overall ?150m investment by the fast growing Irish-owned Carlton Group.
Carlton now employs 650 people. Directors are Michael Kearney (MD), Paul Carey (group sales & marketing), John Varley (group operations) and Kevin O'Driscoll (development director). The Carlton Group currently operates in five locations: Westport Co Mayo, Athy Co Kildare, Redcastle Co Dnegal, Bunclody Co Wexford, and The Curragh, Co Kildare.
The growth of the group in Ireland has been achieved through flexible engagements of lease purchase and/or management contract with developers and property owners.
"Independently owned/operated hotels in ireland face increasing competition from the rapidily expanding international brands (Hilton, Radisson, Marriott, Days Inn, Ramada etc)," says Paul Carey, Carlton sales and marketing director.
"In the face of this competition, the Carlton model presents a viable operating alternative with experiences gained in the Irish market. More frequent trips and shorter stays have become an integral part of the lifestyle travel habits of our customers."
The 128 bedroom Kinsale Hotel (on the site of the former Rathmore House Hotel) overlooks Oysterhaven Bay and is located on 90 acres of mature parkland which rolls down to the sea at Murray's Creek. This hotel, developed by the Cork property developers Gable Holdings, is designed to a four star standard and will represent the southern jewel in Carlton's crown.
The principals of Gable Holdings include Tadhg O'Brien, James Whelan and John Twomey, the Irish gold medal paralympic sailor from Kinsale.