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 »

Denmark, Norway and the curious case of a Disappearing Country: Tales from IMEX13

by Padraic Gilligan, Vice President Ovation Global DMC and Vice President, Industry Relations, MCI Guerilla Marketing The past weekend in Europe was dominated by Sweden’s spectacular hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest and Denmark’s victory with Emmelie De Forest’s captivating performance of “Only Teardrops”. Already, apparently, both Herning and capital Copenhagen have signaled their desire to host… Read more »

Brilliance and more from the Incentive Research Foundation

by Padraic Gilligan, Vice President, Ovation Global DMC The Business of Incentives My reason for being in Cancun is to participate at the Incentive Research Foundation’s (IRF) annual invitational and thus support an organisation that carries out vitally important research into the business impact of incentives, particularly incentive travel programmes. This is my third consecutive… Read more »

London Calling: M&IT Awards, CONFEX and the Irish back at ExCel

by Padraic Gilligan, Vice President MCI and Vice President, Ovation Global DMC Ole, Ole, Ole London’s Convention and Exhibition Centre, ExCeL, is etched in the hearts of most Irish people. For a period last summer it often appeared that the entire facility had been colonised by the Irish such were the ubiquity of tri-colours and… Read more »