Follow your passion in Jordan

Despite the difficulties that Jordan has been going through and still facing because of our geographical location within the heart of the Middle East, Discovery managed always to grab opportunities and go ahead of everyone else within the market. We decided to go into passion experiences and this has taken us into specialization, our unique… Read more »

6 Tips for a Digital Strategy that Drives Sustainability

For nearly a decade, technology usage is increasing and experience has proved that virtual connections increases face-to-face attendance and plays a very important part in your event sustainability strategy. However, while many associations have incorporated new forms of online technology into their event, only a few are doing a great job at leveraging digital solutions to improve their organisational goals… Read more »

Ovation Bear at IMEX America and the 4th Talent Show

Ovation Bear was again present during the IMEX America Trade Show in Las Vegas last month and we have to say.. IMEX America just keeps getting bigger. The sixth version of the meeting and event industry trade show concluded Thursday, setting several new records. IMEX Group Chair Ray Bloom said Thursday there were 3,250 exhibiting companies… Read more »

Top 5 reasons for events in Cape Town

Since the end of apartheid, Cape Town, now three times the size of New York and home to around 4 million people, has undertaken the process of redesigning itself. As South Africa’s oldest city and having recently hosted the first World Cup on African soil, Cape Town now has first class infrastructure and a cosmopolitan… Read more »

The Wonderful Westbury…

The Westbury hotel is one of the most well-known 5* hotels in the centre of the city located just off the main thoroughfare of Grafton St. Established in 1984 by Irish businessman P.V. Doyle, the hotel  is member of prestigious Leading Hotels of the World and remains a firm favourite with locals and international guests… Read more »

Industry Insider – Katie Farrell

Katie Farrell has been working in the industry for years and here in Ovation, we were delighted to hear when she had been appointed to Director of Sales of The Westbury Hotel located in the heart of Dublin. To celebrate, we caught up with Katie to find out about her new role, her ideal day… Read more »

Lake Geneva: The ultimate quick tour around the lake

SPRING-SUMMER-AUTUMN It is easy to look at Lake Geneva (Lacus Lemannus in Roman times) as little more than a pleasant extension of Geneva or Lausanne. Taken as a whole, however, the lake constitutes a feast in itself, an elegant, amazingly diverse buffet of possibilities with jewel-like villages, stunning vistas, proud and complex heritages and cultural… Read more »

Genuinely Green Series: Cnoc Suain

This week in our Genuinely Green Series, we are looking to the West and at a fantastic heritage village and venue – Cnoc Suain.   Cnoc Suain is a beautifully restored hill village spanning 200 acres in rural Connemara in Galway which offers an immersion into local culture and offers guests the opportunity to travel back… Read more »

Genuinely Green Series: Sandymount Hotel

Next up on our Genuinely Green Screening is Dublin’s 4* Sandymount Hotel, located right beside the Aviva Stadium. The Sandymount Hotel is committed to the long term “greening” of their hotel and have a tonne of awards including Highly Commended Green Hotelier 2016, Green Leader 2016, winner of Responsible Travel and Tourism Award etc.     They… Read more »

Genuinely Green Series: Powerscourt Hotel & Estate

AA Hotel of the Year, the 5* Powerscourt Hotel takes pride in its environmental credentials especially given the hotel’s location nestled in the heart of the Garden of Ireland! Recently the hotel replaced 12,138 lightbulbs with more efficient LED lights and have lowered its carbon footprint by over 831 tonnes this year alone.    … Read more »

Genuinely Green Series: Convention Centre Dublin

This week we are heading back to Dublin for the next in our Genuinely Green Series. As the world’s first carbon-neutral constructed convention centre, The Convention Centre Dublin is one of Europe’s most environmentally-friendly venues and iconic in the capital’s skyline. Located in the heart of Dublin and with the capacity for up to 5,500 guests,… Read more »

Rio 2017: your next incentive destination

Well known for its eclectic nightlife, golden beaches, flamboyant festivals and iconic mountains, Rio de Janeiro has become a firm favourite for meeting planners from all over the world. In recent years, it has captured the attention of a global audience as host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which not only drew in football… Read more »

Diverse Dubai for meetings and incentives

At the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, Dubai is a fascinating, safe and fast growing international metropolis. From bustling souqs to cutting-edge architecture, from sophisticated dining to the vast desert, Dubai brings together the best of modernity with the charming atmosphere of the Middle East and knows just how to impress its guests. If… Read more »

Genuinely Green Series: Ireland’s Sustainable Venues

Amongst many other things, Ireland is renowned the world over for its rolling green fields, its green army of football fans and its lush green shamrocks, but did you know that ‘The Emerald Isle’ is fast becoming a green destination for meetings, events and incentive programmes? The Sustainability Team at Ovation Ireland have advocated eco-friendly… Read more »

Profile Interview: Margaux Ponsoye, Ovation Belgium

As part of his busy monthly travel schedule, Ovation Bear made his way over to Brussels recently to meet up with Ovation Belgium’s woman on the ground, Margaux Ponsoye. You can catch up with Margaux whilst in Belgium or at various trade shows across the world this year but if you can’t wait that long,… Read more »

5 highlights for meeting & incentive guests in Cape Town

Since the end of apartheid, Cape Town, now three times the size of New York and home to around 4 million people, has undertaken the process of redesigning itself. As South Africa’s oldest city and having recently hosted the first World Cup on African soil, Cape Town now has first class infrastructure and a cosmopolitan… Read more »

‘Random acts of Irishness’ invade France at Euro 2016

Down through the years visitors to Ireland’s shores have been greeted with the Gaelic phrase ‘Céad míle fáilte,’ meaning ‘a hundred thousand welcomes’. Whether the visitor be a returning expat, a business traveller or a first-time holidaymaker, it’s fair to say that the typical first impression of the Irish people is one of a welcoming,… Read more »

10 Technologies To Enrich Teambuilding Activities

Drop everything. Your manager has just called you asking for your top three team-building activities for an upcoming event. “And I want something cutting-edge, not the same old stuff we’ve all seen” they exclaim. Before you read the rest of this article, look away from your screen and come up with your list of three…don’t… Read more »

IMEX 2016 – Top 20 Tweeted Pictures

With 3,500 exhibiting companies representing 150 countries, 400+ exhibitor networking events and with over 180 education sessions, the IMEX 2016 trade show in Frankfurt was the biggest and best to date. As always, Ovation Bear was at the heart of the action as he made his way around the show visiting his 30+ offices who had… Read more »

5 Mistakes Planners Make when Creating Sustainable Events

As President of the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) with over 14 years’ experience in designing and delivering winning sustainability strategies and organising sustainable events, Roger Simons looks at the five common mistakes planners make when creating sustainable events. 1. Sustainability is unidimensional It isn’t only about protecting the environment, saving energy, cutting down on… Read more »

5 reasons to choose Australia for incentive programmes

G’day, Australia is an island, a country and a continent but most of all it is a dream destination. No other place in the world combines wild, scenic beauty and sophisticated entertainment as well as Australia does. The Australian landscape offers incredible diversity such as deserts, rain forests, beautiful beaches, coral reefs and more. Here… Read more »

Lithuania: a country as ambitious as you are

Hugo Slimbrouck reports from Convene 2016 Backed up by a region with a diverse historic and cultural background, Lithuania is a destination full of forward thinking, young and highly educated people. Fortunately, foreign languages are widely spoken because the local language is not only one of the oldest in Europe but also one of the… Read more »

Delaney named amongst ’22 Millennials to Watch’

Reporting on industry trends and developments since 1965, Meetings and Conventions magazine has seen their fair share of changes in the MICE industry over the years. In this time, M&C has grown to become one of the most globally-respected publications for meeting planners looking to keep up-to-speed with our ever-evolving industry. Therefore, when they released their… Read more »

Christmas and New Year in Istanbul

You probably wouldn’t expect a city with predominantly Muslim citizens to make much of a fuss about Christmas celebrations, but prepare to be surprised. Ovation Turkey’s Pelin Topuz took some time out to share her experience of the festive period in Istanbul with Ovation Bear. In early December, Ovation Turkey moved offices and on my first commute to… Read more »

Airports of the World Quiz

“Ever feel like you’re living in an airport?” After attending the IMEX America tradeshow last month, Ovation Bear was sitting in the departures lounge at McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas enjoying a post-show beer with his newly crowned Huggability winner John Iannini and Ovation’s Aoife Delaney when a familiar voice approached him and cheerily exclaimed… Read more »

IMEX Day 2 – Ovation Bear’s Top 5 Tweeted Pics

<<Day 1 Tweeted pictures The record-breaking attendance on IMEX America’s opening day for the 2015 show resulted in some impressive Tweeted pictures which really give a feel for the passion and buzz which surrounds this industry-leading trade show. Including men in skirts (more accurately, men in kilts), men in mawashi (Sumo belts) and a man with no… Read more »

Top 5 Tweeted Pics from IMEX America Day 1

When the show floor of the fifth IMEX America opened yesterday in Las Vegas it was the biggest to date. More importantly, the show is due to host more business appointments than ever and provide a vast array of diverse networking and educational opportunities for the industry. Also on the rise is the amount of… Read more »

Scrum time: Ireland’s MICE dream team

The world’s third largest sporting event, the 2015 Rugby World Cup, kicked off across the Irish Sea a few weeks ago to great fanfare and pageantry. Once the pyrotechnics and impressive opening ceremony stage were cleared away, it was show time as the teams took to the pitch – teams that had spent four years… Read more »

Not only a winter destination!

Over the years the MICE industry has been trying to catch up with the fact that Switzerland has more to offer than her slopes and picturesque rustic alpine villages. Sure, we can always offer you postcard-perfect scenery and our world-class outdoor activities. So how do we make a point by saying that we deserve that… Read more »

Caoimhe’s Corner

This quarter, it was all about cultural musings here in Ovation Ireland. With the 100 year anniversary of one of Ireland’s most lauded poets W.B. Yeats, where better to celebrate his memory than the Abbey Theatre – the National Theatre he set up in 1906 with Lady Gregory, that played a huge role in the… Read more »

Uisce Beatha – Whiskey Revival in Ireland

Some things are just inherently Irish; like Bono, Father Ted and Tayto crisps. Then you have whiskey. “Whiskey” or “Whisky” has its roots in various countries such as Scotland, the US and Ireland. However having the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world, Bushmills Distillery, located here on the island of Ireland, we are claiming… Read more »

Here Come The Girls…

How can one DMC salesman cover North America? The simple answer is he can’t. Well, not effectively anyway. Consequently, how does Ovation Ireland cover North America for sales? With girl power on the treble! As Ireland’s leading DMC, Ovation Ireland thrives on making and building long-lasting, personal relationships with our cousins across the pond. This… Read more »

Spotlight on… John Callely

After 25 years as CEO of the Jameson Visitor Centres and overseeing visitor numbers grow from 11,000 to 400,000, John decided this time last year to “do his own thing” while youth is still on his side and set up his own tourism consultancy ‘John Callely International Ltd’ (JCI ) For the past year he… Read more »

Ovation Bear’s summer in the States

Hugo’s Birthday on June 23rd; Independence Day on July 4th; Teddy Bear’s picnic in Central Park on August 9th – only very important occasions get into Ovation Bear’s calendar each month. Last Monday morning OB was reviewing his calendar for the coming summer months and he noticed that he was due to travel to no… Read more »

Hugo and Ovation Bear in the Philippines

Her name was Johanna and she had been assigned to lift the ignorance Hugo and I had about the Philippines. We met for dinner at the Henderson residence, where our strategic partners Teresita and her daughter Sonia had gathered the key members of the INTAS team for a home cooking experience. Johanna is a business… Read more »

Made in Taiwan, living la vida lohas

Some people say this is where I come from but I have not seen any other pink bears in Taipei, so I doubt it even more now. I accompanied Hugo on his Asian trip to discover this zen-sational island off the coast of China. I always thought that Taiwan was just a dull island where… Read more »

Window on the East – St Petersburg

Ovation’s woman on the ground in Russia, Natalia Piletskaya has penned a destination update on St Petersburg for meetings and conferences.  Russia is traditionally perceived of internationally as a vast and mysterious country. According to one of its poets, “You cannot understand Russia, you just have to believe in it”. Now is the right time to… Read more »

Ovation Portugal ‘Partners Party’

Ovation Global’s most recent office opening was in the city of Lisbon last January but what have the team in Ovation Portugal been up to since? Well, aside from confirming groups for 2016, they threw a ‘partners party’ at the stunning Champanharia Pier in Lisbon. The aim of this event was to bring together the… Read more »

Destination update: flourishing Finland

Thanks to a collective effort in recent years by the Finnish travel industry at international trade shows like IMEX and EIBTM, Finland has seen a marked increase in incentive travel groups choosing the Northern European destination. Cold is cool again Demand for snow-based winter incentives in Lapland has been increasing year-on-year. This is particularly evidenced by… Read more »

Two amigos explore Mexico City’s MICE options

Whilst Dona Norma and Don Hugo were attending ICOMEX in the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán (now known as Mexico City) and visiting some of their key accounts, I took some time to discover the destination. When one runs a conference or meeting in Mexico City, all work and no play would not do this destination… Read more »

AV Trends to WOW Event Attendees

Ovation Bear‘s guest blogger this month is Marina Saya, Marketing and Sales, Dorier Event organisers are increasingly incorporating the latest app solutions and technologies into their meetings, events, product launches and congresses. These technologies can not only streamline processes and increase efficiency, they can also create a more personalised, engaging and emotional experience for attendees, meaning… Read more »

Quiz: What have Santa and Ovation got in common?

Answer: They both deliver their services in every corner of the globe! With 100+ destinations to oversee across the Ovation Global network, Ovation Bear decided the best way to spread his holiday cheer this festive season was to hitch a ride with an old friend from the North Pole, Santa Claus. Ovation Bear has previously been likened… Read more »

Bratislava – merging all things into one

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time.” I thought about this line from the beautiful Robert Redford movie, set in Montana, and based on Norman McLean’s novel with the same title, when… Read more »

Back to business as usual in Thailand

No soldiers in the streets of Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Strange, one might think, for a country that has occupied the media throughout winter and spring of 2014 for its social unrest and is now run by a military junta. However, it’s very much business back to usual, though Thailand’s private sector has been struggling… Read more »

Roll with it: the impossible island

Every new event brings its own challenges and has a more or less demanding nature, but probably every event planning agency remembers a few of those events a bit more hectic than others turning into a huge success. DT Croatia has a few of such examples of their own and here are just some of… Read more »

Top 5 Tweeted IMEX America ’14 Pics – Day 3

<<Day 1 Tweeted pictures                                <<Day 2 Tweeted pictures The deals are done, the stands dismantled and the business cards collected are safely tucked away in suitcases departing Las Vegas for every corner of the world. The 10,000+ participants at this year’s… Read more »