Sharing Economy + Meetings Industry = Turkeys voting for Christmas?

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Back again in Frankfurt We were back in Frankfurt again for IMEX16, the 14th edition of an exhibition that constantly pushes itself outside of its comfort zone while remaining rooted to the understanding that it’s all about connecting real people in real places in real time. This year I… Read more »

DMC: arrogant, insecure, paranoid?

DMC

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua The world of the Destination Management Company or DMC has been under-going a radical change over the past 10 years. I wanted to say “kaleidoscopic” change but, on reflection, much of this change has not been pretty, muddying rather than clarifying the value proposition at the heart of the DMC offer. Accordingly, there’s… Read more »

Celebrating Ireland 1916

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua 1966 I was five years old in April 1966 when Ireland celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1916 Rising. I can still see in the entrance hall of my school the  framed copy of Poblacht na hEireann, the famous proclamation of independence read out by schoolmaster, poet and rebel leader Pádraic… Read more »

The Sharing Economy and The Meetings Industry

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Sharing Economy? I think the term “Sharing Economy” to categorise the activity of the likes of Uber and Airbnb is actually a misnomer. If I “share” something the implication is that I do so without expectation of financial or other reward and this type of activity has been on-going for… Read more »

Talking incentive travel with the Mayor of Ljubljana

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua A week in Europe’s Green Capital 2016 @Supergreybeard and I have just reached the end of a deeply satisfying week in Slovenia. Over the past 5 days we attended the SITE Incentive Summit and participated at Conventa, the boutique meetings industry trade show that highlights the benefits of Central… Read more »

Consultants: Shysters or Saviours?

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua “Those we can, do …” Throughout Delaney Marketing and Ovation Group years it never occurred to @Supergreybeard or me to hire a consultant. I think we saw consultants as confidence tricksters or shysters, failed entrepreneurs, business versions of the teachers in Shaw’s oft quoted dictum “Those who can, do; those… Read more »

Destination Dublin

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua This week the SoolNua team attended a highly impressive, compelling presentation organised by Ireland’s national tourism development authority, Fáilte Ireland. Aimed at the movers and shakers in leisure and business tourism in the greater Dublin area, we got a report card on past progress (lots of A+s), a survey on… Read more »