Travel News: Brendan Vacations Congratulates Red Carnation Hotels

Travel News: Brendan Vacations Congratulates Red Carnation Hotels. Welcome to Ashford Castle!

Travel News: Brendan Vacations Congratulates Red Carnation Hotels. Welcome to Ashford Castle!

Travel News: Brendan Vacations Congratulates Red Carnation Hotels

Brendan Vacations’ President Nico Zenner Welcomes Ireland’s Ashford Castle to The Red Carnation Hotel Collection

Nico Zenner, President of Brendan Vacations, is delighted to share the news that Brendan’s affiliate and sister company, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, has recently acquired the five-star luxury hotel Ashford Castle in the west of Ireland.

Ashford Castle has a long and rich heritage dating back to the 13th century. It was a Guinness family home from 1855 until 1939, when Ashford Castle became a First Class hotel. Ashford Castle is now world famous and is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World. The castle includes 83 bedrooms, dining room, bar, drawing room, private dining rooms and a spa. Along with the magnificent gardens and grounds, there is a nine hole golf course on the estate. Activities such as equestrian, falconry, boat trips, and exceptional fishing on the Cong & Lough Corrib are available on the estate. Ashford Castle attracts visitors from around the globe, and former visitors to Ashford include King George V of Britain, Oscar Wilde, John Lennon, President Ronald Reagan, and more recently, Pierce Brosnan and Brad Pitt.

“We are absolutely delighted with this news,” stated Zenner. “Ashford Castle is one of the most exquisite properties in Ireland, and it is perfectly suited as a Red Carnation Hotel. Brendan Vacations is Ashford Castle’s top U.S. wholesale partner, sending more guests to this historic estate than any other U.S. Tour Operator. We welcome Ashford Castle to The Travel Corporation Family and look forward to an even closer and more dynamic partnership with Ashford Castle in the future. We are already exploring new and exclusive inclusions and touches which Brendan can offer its customers in the future at the Castle.”

Mrs. Beatrice Tollman, President and Founder of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, and last year’s recipient of the Hotelier of the Year at the European Hospitality Awards, commented: “We are thrilled to have Ashford Castle as part of our collection and welcome the whole team to the Red Carnation family. Like the rest of our hotels, Ashford Castle is an iconic property, in a unique location and with a reputation for luxury and excellence. We are delighted that we will be bringing some of Red Carnation’s signature touches to it.”

The Red Carnation Hotel Collection is an award-winning collection of five- and four-star family-run boutique hotels in London, Dorset, Guernsey, Geneva, Palm Beach, South Africa, and now Ireland. The company plans to invest up to 20,000,000 Euros over the next two years to restore the hotel to its original, luxurious elegance and add a world-class spa and wellness retreat.

Both Red Carnation Hotels and Brendan Vacations are proud companies of The Travel Corporation, an international, family-run travel group now in its’ fourth generation, with 26 award-winning brands including African Travel, Inc., Contiki, Insight Vacations, Trafalgar, and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. The Travel Corporation’s Irish office is based at 27 Merrion Square, Dublin. For more information please visit

About Brendan Vacations
Brendan Vacations, the Ireland Specialist, is a leading US tour operator offering a wide selection of Guided, Customized, Independent, Boutique and Group travel options. Established in 1969, its portfolio includes thousands of hotels and unique accommodations, as well as uniquely-inspired customized travel options in Ireland and immersive vacation experiences in the UK, Europe, Eastern Europe & the Balkans, Russia, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Mexico, South and Central America. With high quality products, friendly service and competitive pricing, Brendan Vacations offers memorable experiences for every client.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company is a respected brand of The Travel Corporation. Brendan has made Ireland its second home for over 40 years, and a Dublin office contracts product and manages inbound traffic for cruise lines, incentive houses, meeting planners and tour operators. Brendan Vacations is a founding member of USTOA and other professional affiliations include ASTA, PATA, OSSN and NTA.
For more information about Brendan Vacations, please call 800.421.8446 or go to


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