The DMC conundrum – will it ever be solved?

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DMC

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua My good DMC friend Fran Rickenbach has been pursuing me for some time now. I won’t deny that this frightens the daylights out of me. Those who know Fran know why. She’s a formidable lady, a “mountie who always gets her man”, in a manner of speaking. You see… Read more »

Ireland – building its brand in Food Tourism

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by Padraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua  Way back in 1980, when he wrote “Nobody Told Me” John Lennon pithily summed up what it’s like living in this brave new world: Nobody told me there’d be days like these strange days indeed. Yet the beautiful strangeness about the kaleidoscopic way things diverge and converge these days… Read more »

Visiting Oslo, city branding and all that jazz

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City Branding

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Norway It’s extraordinary how impactful first impressions can be. I was reminded of that this week when I visited Norway for the first time and, within minutes of deplaning, had two “service” experiences that would make any hospitality organisation blush with pride. Both positive impressions were with the “Flytoget”… Read more »

Bratislava – Surprisingly Close, Exceptionally Smart

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Bratislava

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Following a couple of decades bringing meetings, incentives and events to destinations, @SuperGreyBeard and I are now working with these destinations, helping them identify and communicate what makes them different. To do this successfully we have to try to become insiders, immersing ourselves in the destination, getting behind the scenes, talking to a… Read more »

In Memory of My Friend

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In Memory of My Friend

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua This week’s blog post is not about destinations or matters of interest to the meetings industry. It’s a once-off  piece following the death this week of a childhood friend whom I haven’t seen for over 40 years. It’s offered in his honour. The huge crowd spilled out the front… Read more »

10 must-do activities in Vancouver

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua I’ve had Vancouver on my mind for years now, like Hoagy Carmichael with Georgia or James Taylor with Carolina. It’s been lodged there in the deep recesses as the home or adopted home of so many  meetings industry friends – Claire Smith, Tahira Endean, Emily Edwards, Brenda Anderson, Isobel Mahon. It had… Read more »

Vancouver: is there a better city for Business Events?

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Vancouver for Business Events

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua It’s hard to describe Vancouver without referencing San Francisco: two cities with   paradisiacal natural surroundings, on the water, both with iconic bridges, both heavily Asian, both redolent of supreme west coast cool. Vancouver’s connections to that stunningly rich natural hinterland – the islands, woodlands, mountains – are more immediate,… Read more »

Tips for eventprofs from Shakespeare

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Has the human race ever been as challenged as it is today by the frightening  proliferation of “content”? Has there ever been so much stuff to look at, to deliberate upon, to read, to digest? If, like me, you’re on a lifelong  quest to learn, then on a daily basis you’ll face… Read more »

Connect16 Dublin – why you must be there

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Who are we? Are we travel and tourism professionals who specialise in meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE)? Or meeting and event professionals helping companies and associations communicate and connect? Or maybe corporate executives who organise meetings and events for our company? Or performance improvement specialists who dream up… Read more »

10 must do activities for a Summer in Dublin

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10 must do activities in Dublin

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Visitor numbers to Dublin have increased year on year by 16% in 2016 which means our message is getting out there and folks are anxious to catch a breath of fresh air, Dublin-style. Thankfully the scope and range of things to do around the city is increasing all the time… Read more »