DESTINATIONS

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Stories – what makes a destination truly unique

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Telling Stories In many languages the words for history and story are the same. Telling stories is intrinsically connected with the past, with relating how people, events and circumstances from times gone by have fashioned, forged and formed our present realities. When it comes to selecting a destination to visit we’re… Read more »

MEETING MATTERS

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What Makes a Successful Congress Destination?

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Congress Destinations In the late 80s when the iron curtain opened to reveal what used to be called Eastern Europe, Prague and Budapest were the first  actors to take to the stage and assume protagonist roles in the theatre of Congress Tourism. Initially they were unsteady and gauche, like the actor in Shakespeare’s… Read more »

VIEWPOINTS

Mission

Meetings & Events: in search of a mission

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Mission Since the advent of the digital revolution the meetings and events industry has been drowning in a sea of content. Most of this content is ephemeral, disappearing without a trace as temperatures change. Some, however, endures, like the salt that remains when heat causes the water to evaporate. Greg Oates’ thoughtful piece on… Read more »

Padraic Gilligan
MANAGING PARTNER SOOLNUA

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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