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

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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 »

Creating Immersive Meetings Experiences with #EventTech

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by Juraj Holub, Marketing Manager, Sli.do Challenge Organized by IMEX, Exclusively Corporate is the dedicated education and networking event specifically for corporate meeting and event planners. For the IMEX 2015 edition, over 80 corporate executives gathered to participate in interactive sessions to expand their knowledge of organizing business meetings. Advocating the importance of interaction at meetings, Exclusively Corporate @IMEX… Read more »

Destination Marketing – what are your symbolic actions?

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Marketing Ltd Symbolic Actions? You’re well up Coomakista on the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle when the vista suddenly opens up and you see the slow, slinking shapes high above you, pushing manfully against a nasty headwind on the final metres of the 3% climb. You’ve done about 4km… Read more »

Washington DC – where to stay, go and eat

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua DC Cool Despite the din of traffic on the circle, the boundless exuberance of Vivaldi filled the air. On one side of the park there was an open air yoga class with about 15 lycra-clad enthusiasts, all moving gracefully through their sun salutations. They seemed to be moving in… Read more »

Washington DC with FICP

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua From New York to DC The moody June of New York City followed me to the Finance and Insurance Conference Planners’ (FICP) Education Forum in DC, adding soaring temperatures to the on-going atmospheric instability. The cool, air conditioned interiors of our host hotel, the newly refurbished and exceedingly good J.W. Marriott on… Read more »

New York City in a Moody June

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by Padraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua It’s not yet 7am and I’ve been on-line for almost 2 hours already. That’s what happens when you fly over 5000km, back in time, from Dublin to New York City. You’re physically in a new time zone but part of you (which part?) still hasn’t properly arrived and  lingers… Read more »

Brands as Visitor Attractions – Teeling launches in Dublin

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua On Products and Brands When Arthur Guinness brewed his famous stout for the first time back in 1759 little did he know that 256 years later 1m people would flock to his factory simply to visit. The same for Thomas Phillips (Bushmills), John Jameson, D.E. Williams (Tullamore Dew) and… Read more »

Cool and Unusual – 5 great places to hold an event in Dublin

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Cool and unusual – these are often the lead criteria in venue selection these days as meetings and events planners seek brand new ways to surprise and delight their increasingly more discerning and sophisticated audiences. Attendees these days demand far more than a simple meeting room or a mere… Read more »

Why you should enter for industry awards

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Ovation Trophy 2013: Team photo in Crans-Montana

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Reflections in the light of Ireland’s Events Industry Awards 2015 During our time at Ovation | MCI, entering for MICE industry awards was a key pillar in our business strategy because it ticked multiple boxes – extending the life of the event beyond its execution, helping us measure the… Read more »

The Meetings Industry: 5 questions we need to answer

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua IMEX is both Google and Amazon for the Meetings Industry. It’s a search engine and a showroom for network building, knowledge transfer and business exchange. It has a robust digital life but IMEX principally pivots around real people in real places in real time. It is by now the… Read more »