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 »

Brexit, EURO2016 and Destination Marketing

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua I’ve written before about how organisers of meetings and events select destinations. It’s a curious process that runs the full gamut from clear thinking rationalism to touchy feely emotion. Destinations are selected because they meet a set of fixed criteria – for example: access (delegates can reach there easily),… Read more »

Start with Why – A new approach to meetings

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Sinek replaces Peters and Collins These days Simon Sinek seems to have taken on the mantle previously worn by Tom Peters and Jim Collins as the most quoted author at  business conferences. Pursuing “excellence” and going “from good to great” have now been replaced by more profound and philosophical musings,… Read more »

Why it’s important to be a Good Country

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua There are probably more rankings or indexes of nations than nations themselves. As humans we appear to have a primordial need to order and rank ourselves on multiple scales from tallest to richest to most intelligent and this compulsion extends to everything about us, including our countries. Many rankings… Read more »

Meetings & Events: in search of a mission

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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 »