3 days in Venice – still crazy after all these years

by Padraic Gilligan, Managing Partner at SoolNua In the field of destination marketing Venice is Coca Cola. It’s up there, profile-wise, with New York and London in the super-brand category, known and recognized all over the world for its utterly unique topology, its ubiquitous gondolas, Carnevale, cruise ships and crowds. Within MICE it’s the incentive… Read more »

Bob and Janine go to Vienna: a short story

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua *I recently co-produced the Gala Dinner Entertainment at the Hofburg Palace, Vienna with a dear friend and client in the Finance and Insurance sector. Here’s an account of the evening from the perspective of a fictitious programme qualifier, Bob Newman. A kind of homecoming It was 5:05pm and his… Read more »

Jordan: the Comeback*

By Padraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua * Fans of great songwriters will immediately recognize the reference to Paddy McAloon’s band, Prefab Sprout’s classic 80s album which was entitled “Jordan: the Comeback” [PART 2 on Jordan] The Wadi Rum desert valley where I meet Salem is enclosed by amorphous outcrops of sandstone that protect you from… Read more »

Belfast – an overnight MICE success after 20 years

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua [THIS IS PART ONE OF A TWO PART BLOG ON BELFAST] Throughout our years with Ovation and MCI and now with SoolNua, Patrick and I have spoken at MICE events about destination selection or why certain destinations are so popular for meetings, incentives, conferences and events. While random subjectivity… Read more »

Dublin for incentives – how to do a great site inspection

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua I remember that Summer in Dublin … It was a warm 22 degrees and the mid morning streets of Dublin were bathed in bright July sunshine. Our pop-up café culture was already in full swing, the pavements crammed with  cool people drinking all sorts of coffees and coloured juices… Read more »