What do travel bloggers think of Ireland? TBEX Dublin

by Padraic Gilligan, Vice President, Ovation Global DMC TBEX, Dublin Technology, the internet and digital platforms have systematically altered the business tourism landscape as dramatically as the recent emergence of luxury destinations like Dubai and Abu Dhabi in locations where 30 years ago there were only sand dunes. These radical changes were brought home to… Read more »

Tempus Fugit – Irretrievable Time Flies: IAPCO Dublin 2013

by Padraic Gilligan, Vice President, Industry Relations, MCI Tempus Fugit I know Virgil. Not in the original Latin, mind you. But, as student of Italian, I do know Virgil as Dante’s guide through hell and purgatory in the irrefutably brilliant Divina Commedia. What I didn’t know, until today that is, was that Virgil is responsible… Read more »

Creating sustainable competitive advantage: lessons from the schoolyard

by Padraic Gilligan, Vice President, Industry Relations MCI and Vice President, Ovation Global DMC Remembering the Days of the Old Schoolyard I was always good at rote learning. I found it easy in school to memorise quotations from Shakespeare, formulae for maths class or lyrics to songs. I can still remember chunks of Julius Caesar… Read more »

The unrelenting, unparalleled, unmitigated power of live events

by Padraic Gilligan, VP Industry Relations, MCI I recently attended the Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band “Wrecking Ball” tour  and was left with 2 over-riding impressions. Firstly, music is a powerful, indispensable source of healing, salvation and redemption (themes, incidentally, that recur like middle eights in Bruce’s oeuvre). Secondly,  as MCI’s CEO, Sebastien… Read more »