10 must-do activities in Vancouver

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?

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 »

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 »

The sunny side of the Alps and 6 more things to love about Slovenia

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua One week later and I’m still buzzing from a week in Slovenia. @Supergreybeard and I visited the country for two reasons: firstly, to attend the board meetings of the Foundation of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and secondly, to participate at Conventa, a MICE trade show for South… Read more »

Bratislava – accessibility | innovation | execution

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Love at first sight? With Bratislava, you don’t fall in love at first sight. She’s not that kind of city. She’s a pretty city in many ways but she doesn’t use her beauty to beguile you. She’s not coquettish in the slightest and she never flirts with you at all. Bratislava… Read more »

London in December

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua So the last plane ride of 2015 was atypical. It was a super-short hop, skip and jump leisure / pleasure trip to London with Rita to visit our daughter and son-in-law. But it was another opportunity to experience one of the world’s great cities as a simple visitor, unencumbered… Read more »

24 Hours in Zagreb and The Museum of Broken Relationships

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Rise up again Twenty years ago last month, after almost 5 years of fighting, hostilities with Serbia came to an end and Croatia started to live and breathe as an independent, sovereign nation. Somewhere in the recesses of my mind there are vivid memories of devastating news reports of Dubrovnik… Read more »