Washington DC with FICP

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 »

Why meetings really matter: reflections on NAMID

by Padraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua The inaugural North America Meetings Industry Day (NAMID) on Thursday 16 April was an opportunity to put our industry in the spotlight and, in particular, to underline the considerable economic benefit that we bring to the venues, locations and destinations where meetings and events take place. The NAMID initiative… Read more »

Innovation in the Meetings Industry: Firmdale and Sundial

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Scale The sheer scale of London as a destination makes it the perfect crucible for trying out new ideas and concepts in hospitality and MICE. Consequently it’s a rich source of inspiration for those of us, like Patrick and me, whose livelihood is derived from dispensing advice to destinations,… Read more »

Brand New Horizons in Meetings and Events

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua The proliferation of content The extraordinary proliferation of easily accessible content for meetings professionals makes it harder, rather than easier, to keep up to date with news and trends. You’re so overwhelmed by the sheer breath and depth of available data that you’re often caught, motionless, like a deer… Read more »

Prove it! Why we need organisations like the Site Foundation

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua From hands-on execution to hands-off strategy Following decades as a DMC and MICE agency, Patrick Delaney and I are now working as consultants / advisors on meetings, incentives, conferences and events under our new brand, SoolNua. In a short time we’ve moved from hands-on execution to hands-off strategy. We’ve… Read more »

Hotels that do it differently

by Padraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua The Sharing Economy The advent of the sharing economy has been game-changing for the hospitality industry with legions of global travellers abandoning what they consider the bland consistency of hotels for the bright “welcome home” of Airbnb. But this denizen of the sharing economy hasn’t been the only game-changer… Read more »

Start and end strongly: a master class in meeting planning from FICP14

by Padraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Back in Hawai’i This year’s conference of the Finance and Insurance Conference Planners (FICP) took place at the magnificent 62 acre Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island, Hawai’i. It was FICP’s first time back on the islands since ICPA did Maui in 2004. Selecting an off shore location… Read more »