Montenegro – how long will it be Europe’s best kept secret for meetings & incentives?

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua & Chief Marketing Officer, SITE Montenegro – first visit I first visited Montenegro back in 2005 on a day trip from Dubrovnik. We crossed the border from Croatia and slowly meandered around Boka  to the fairytale-like, walled citadel of Kotor. At the time, apart from its supreme, serene scenic… Read more »

Why destinations need international chain hotels & InterContinental, Ljubljana

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua I’ve written previously about independent hotels and how they’re in the ascent these days. The pendulum has swung decisively to the left and, all of a sudden, we’re weary of homogeneity, sameness, one-size-fits-all consistency. Now we want diversity, difference, off-the-beaten path authenticity. Conrad Hilton’s vision of a global hotel… Read more »

Dory & Me – from Frustration to Friendship

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua In Feb 2016 Dory came into our lives and all hell broke loose. I started to post occasional updates on Facebook on the vicissitudes of my relationship with this frisky, friendly, frustrating Golden Retriever pup and, over time, received more likes and comments on these posts than anything else… Read more »

Falisia Resort & Spa – Luxury Collection comes to North East Italy

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Like an old married couple When I was 15 I visited Italy for the first time. It was love at first sight and, over time, took on the vicissitudinal trajectory of a life-long commitment which just means, me and Italy, we’re like an old married couple! There’s a comfort… Read more »

Great destinations need great hotels – update on Ljubljana

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua 10 years after Supergreybeard and I are currently working with the National Tourist Authority here in Ireland on a 10 year strategy for Business Tourism. It’s a perfect project for us as it draws on our 25 years of experience as commercially focused, events professionals presenting Ireland to the… Read more »

Adare Manor – the jewel in Ireland’s incentive crown

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua A radically altered landscape The austerity years in Ireland were callous and cruel to those Celtic Tiger vanity investors who fancied themselves as hoteliers but had neither the relationships, the know-how nor the deep pockets to weather the storm. Now, following a furious flurry of financial finagling we have… Read more »

Dublin’s Docklands – new opportunities for incentive travel experiences

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Our work these days has caused us to reflect quite a bit on the way Ireland as a destination for Business Events and MICE has changed over the past couple of decades. Many of the things we wished for in the 1990s – better Transatlantic and European air access,… Read more »