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Playa del Carmen hosts SITE

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua The Mexican government has always understood the special appeal of Business Tourism or MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, events) for its regionality, seasonality and high yield characteristics. Thus side by side with the mass market leisure resorts in Cancun they encouraged high-end developments so you’ll find amazing 5 star luxury… Read more »


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I scream, you scream, we all scream for SoolNua world ICECREAM index

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua ICCA’s annual ranking of cities and countries according to their meetings business has become both the meetings industry standard for evaluating performance and the go-to source for governments and civic authorities when considering CapEx and other investment in congress tourism. We’re proud members and enthusiastic supporters of ICCA but we believe… Read more »


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Reflections on the Web Summit leaving Dublin – “It’s not you, it’s me!”

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Stuck like Glue It never happened to me – I’ve been stuck like glue to Rita Smyth since I was 19 – but others tell me that relationship break-ups often end with a statement supposed to fill the jilted party with reassurance “it’s not you, it’s me”, meaning “you haven’t… Read more »

Padraic Gilligan

Pádraic Gilligan is currently Managing Partner at SoolNua, a boutique consultancy offering another viewpoint for meetings and events. He holds BA and MA degrees in Italian and English literature from University College Dublin and a post graduate diploma in Marketing from Boston College. Following a 13 year career in education, teaching at second and third levels, he started Delaney Marketing Consultants in 1994 with Patrick Delaney. In 2002 Delaney Marketing acquired Ovation and re-branded as Ovation Group. In June 2007 Ovation was acquired by Swiss based, MCI Group and commenced a robust global expansion programme which saw the establishment of Ovation offices at over 100 global locations...Read more »

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