Live Events: Inspiration, Insight and Loud Laughs

by Padraic Gilligan, Vice President, Ovation Global DMC Measuring what matters Tangible measures such as financial return can never properly calculate the total benefit you get from attending a well organised meetings industry event. This thought was already in my mind as I tried to assess the positive impact for me and, crucially, for those… Read more »

5 highlights from FICP13, Boston (and one from Barcelona)

by Padraic Gilligan, Vice President, Ovation Global DMC Fairmont Copley Plaza Amidst a full on, intense day of education and networking at FICP yesterday I managed to revisit the recently renovated Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. A legacy property dating from 1912 with the perfect downtown location, the Fairmont offers a rare combination of understated, refined… Read more »

IMEX13 – 5 reasons why IMEX is a great meetings industry exhibition

by Padraic Gilligan, Vice President, Ovation Global DMC and Vice President, Industry Relations, MCI After 4 intense days of full-on immersion in meetings industry matters, IMEX13 has finally drawn to a conclusion. Reporting a 27% increase on IMEX12, the exhibition has certainly come of age taking an undisputed primary position in the global meetings and… Read more »

Meetings Elevated – Scaling new heights at Park City

by Padraic Gilligan, Vice President, Ovation Global DMC Rocky Mountain High With height and shape, colour and texture, mountains have always intrigued me more than other natural resources like oceans or beaches. Mountains have personalities and can be friendly and inviting, moody and foreboding, awe inspiring and remote. They are strongly symbolic, offering rich metaphors… Read more »