Conducting a Good Site Inspection: it’s no joke!

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua An oldie but goldie … Most of us in the industry know the site inspection joke about the meeting planner who, due to over-crowding in heaven, is given the chance to check out hell too. When she visits hell it’s party time – all designer bling, adult beverages, hot… Read more »

Meetings and Events: who’s really doing it differently?

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua The proliferation of content The extraordinary proliferation of easily accessible content for meetings professionals makes it harder, rather than easier, to keep up to date with news and trends. You’re so overwhelmed by the sheer breath and depth of available data that you’re often caught, motionless, like a deer… Read more »

Meaningful, Memorable, Motivational: Dubai for Incentives

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Sunset in the desert I was caught in the gaping gap between deep philosophical ponderings, practical commercial considerations and the overwhelming beauty of the moment. I couldn’t get W.B. Yeats’s apocalyptic poem out of my mind as I watched the bearded falconer spin his bait with ever-increasing speed in… Read more »

Prove it! Why we need organisations like the Site Foundation

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua From hands-on execution to hands-off strategy Following decades as a DMC and MICE agency, Patrick Delaney and I are now working as consultants / advisors on meetings, incentives, conferences and events under our new brand, SoolNua. In a short time we’ve moved from hands-on execution to hands-off strategy. We’ve… Read more »

New Paradigms for Destination Marketing

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua It’s all about the content In his “Hacking the System” Bruce McMillan recently posted a two part blog  on new paradigms in destination marketing. He highlights two new waves that Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs) – and, indeed, any other public or private sector enterprise involved in Place Branding –… Read more »

Ljubljana = Prague + Vienna with a little Venice on the side?

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Perfect for Culturally Curious + Social Energisers During the MCI / Ovation years Patrick and I were privileged to work on the annual conference of a Professional Association in Ireland. We helped to stage this event all over Europe but usually in tier two or tier three destinations like… Read more »

Dublin – more roads less travelled

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Under the gloomy skies of a stormy January I was thinking about Louis MacNeice’s poem “Dublin”. Written in 1939, with Europe on the brink of war and Ireland as a nation barely standing on its hind legs, it’s not surprising that MacNeice saw Ireland’s capital shrouded in grey: Grey… Read more »

Hotels that do it differently

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by Padraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua The Sharing Economy The advent of the sharing economy has been game-changing for the hospitality industry with legions of global travellers abandoning what they consider the bland consistency of hotels for the bright “welcome home” of Airbnb. But this denizen of the sharing economy hasn’t been the only game-changer… Read more »

Favourite Albums of 2014

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Too much choice … This blog started in January 2011 and each year since then I’ve indulged myself by posting my own personal “Best of …” albums from the previous year. Accessing good music today is actually much harder than it was in the early 70s when I first… Read more »

Barcelona in 48 Hours

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Travelling but not visiting I was miles away. “Sounds of Silence” kept playing on my mental jukebox. I thought how powerful it is as a portrayal of our contemporary culture, plunging headlong into a sort of individualist nihilism: People talking without speaking People hearing without listening People writing songs… Read more »