How to run a brilliant fam trip – lessons from Ireland

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua A recent survey of meeting planners by Development Counsellors International (DCI) on destination selection highlights some very interesting trends. Somewhat counter-intuitively, social media is regarded as unimportant while email is ranked as the favoured  channel for communication. Of interest in the context of this post, however, are the 90% of respondents… Read more »

Disruption in the Meetings Industry: Chateauform’

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Perplexed Excitement The Meetings Industry has been undergoing its own industrial revolution for some years now with new thinking and technology  challenging the old assumptions and leaving us all in a permanent state of perplexed excitement. We’re bothered and bewildered by the pace and unpredictability of the ride but equally… Read more »

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

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

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 »

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 »