Destination Marketing: If I were the Mayor of Santorini …

by Padraic Gilligan, Vice President, Industry Relations, MCI Recently I spent a wonderful week under azur blue skies and long lingering sunsets on the Greek island of Santorini. When my mind wasn’t captured by the vicissitudes of the intriguing life of John James Todd, protagonist of The New Confessions by William Boyd, it was captured… Read more »

Ovation Trophy 2012 – the Epilogue

Ovation Trophy – the Epilogue Yesterday’s activities took us all to such heights it seemed impossible to go any higher. But this is Switzerland, remember, and  the highs are limitless. The morning after the night before came way too soon for some of us but, regardless, nearly all were present and correct at our Sunday… Read more »

EIBTM 2011 – Behind the Scenes

EIBTM 2011 – Behind the Scenes by Padraic Gilligan, VP, Ovation Global DMC and Global VP, Industry relations MCI  2010 v 2011 What a difference! What a difference a year makes! Exactly one year ago most of Europe lay under a thick covering of snow making travel in and out of Barcelona extremely problematical. This… Read more »

Do you know weird and wonderful people? Key Attributes for DMC success.

The late, great Jack Franchek once told me that success as a DMC was all about cultivating relationships with weird people. And Jack being Jack exaggerated that contention to the nth degree: “Unless you’ve got a whole bunch of outcasts and weirdos in your Rolodex (this was a pre-Internet age!), you’re as useful to me as… Read more »

5 key ingredients for a successful incentive travel programme

Five Key Ingredients for a Successful Incentive Travel Programme Padraic Gilligan, Managing Director, Ovation Global DMC For the past five days I assisted my colleagues at Ovation Switzerland in the operation of an incentive travel programme for a US based Finance & Insurance customer. On departure day I listened with great interest as the Incentive… Read more »

“Munich: a world of its own”

“Munich: a world of its own” by Padraic Gilligan, VP Ovation Global DMC He wanted a regular soak in hot suds and, lacking the facilities under his own roof, His Majesty Ludwig I of Baveria decreed that a luxury guesthouse be built. Thus over 170 years ago the Bayerischer Hof opened its doors offering a… Read more »

“Muddy Waters, Headhunters and very tall buildings – getting beyond first impressions in Malaysia”

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Director, Ovation Global DMC There’s so much more to Malaysia than Nasi Goreng, Langkawi, Proton cars and politicians wearing funny hats. A week in Kuala Lumpur on Peninsular Malaysia and Kuching in Sarawak, East Malaysia leaves you feeling you’re only scratching the surface of this fascinating territory which, incredibly, traces its… Read more »

“Flash Mobs in Bangkok: is this Thailand?”

“Flash mobs in Bangkok: is this Thailand ?” by Padraic Gilligan, Managing Director, MCI Dublin and VP Ovation Global DMC I thought I was in the middle of a Flash Mob. It was evening rush hour and I had just gotten off the Skytrain. I could hear music playing all over the station and people… Read more »