Montage Palmetto Bluff – inspiration for incentive travel professionals

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua & Chief Marketing Officer, SITE Montage Palmetto Bluff – a hidden gem Palmetto Bluff has zero resonance for anyone living outside of the United States. I’d almost venture to say it means little to many people living in the United States too but, as I’m not American, that’s not… Read more »

Close Encounters in Bali – how earthquakes ask big questions

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua & Chief Marketing Officer, SITE Bali Negotiations It was Sunday evening. The concierge confirmed there was a Catholic mass nearby at 6pm but we declined his offer of a hotel taxi having decided to take a chance with one of the many “freelance” drivers that wait patiently in small… Read more »

A new look at Malaysia for Incentive Travel

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua & Chief Marketing Officer, SITE I was asked to deliver a workshop recently on “How Malaysia can build & sell compelling incentive travel experiences” and took advantage of my time there to explore some new and, indeed, not so new products relevant to the global meetings, incentives, conferences &… Read more »

Bodrum – an incentive gem on the Aegean sea

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua & Chief Marketing Officer, SITE Bodrum used to be called Halicarnassus, was the birthplace of Herodotus, the father of History and was home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world – the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. I learned this from classical scholar and teacher, Pádraic O’Sullivan, under… Read more »

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 »

Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands

by Padraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua First published in 2013, I’m re-publishing this post to mark the launch of Fáilte Ireland’s exciting new tourism brand for the midlands – Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands The Best Place to Holiday in Ireland Cornafurrish is the townland in Co Offaly where my late father was born 100 years ago… 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 »