Food and Drink Festivals around Ireland that everyone can enjoy!

Ireland’s food festivals are the place to be (and to eat!) this summer. Ireland has blossomed over the last couple of years in terms of our knowledge and expertise in food manufacturing. Artisan producers and local specialities are available the length and breadth of the country, which has naturally lead to a celebration of food…. Read more »

Luxury & Sustainability – what trends & innovations are driving the incentive experience?

Written by Guy Bigwood. Is sustainability all about doing more with less? Can a 5-star venue truly be sustainable? Traditional luxury hotels and venues have been defined by their lavish interior designs, opulent chandeliers and linen thread counts. It could be the unwilling compromise of getting pampered endlessly that caused certain disassociation between luxury and sustainability…. Read more »

Interview with Barbra Steuri-Albrecht – Head of Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau

Ovation Switzerland DMC had the opportunity to meet with Barbra Steuri-Albrecht, Head of Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau  Barbra has gave us an interesting interview to look inside her career through the tourism industry, she is in this industry representing her country for many years. A very easy going conversation to discover the professional and the person.  … Read more »

Presenting Karine Buggy, Ovation’s Global Operations Director

This month we are delighted to bring you an interview with Karine Buggy, our Global Operations Director. Originally from France, Karine lived in Ireland for 18 years and mixes the French determination with the Irish joie de vivre. After a short period in Brussels, Karine moved to Switzerland assuming the responsibility and leadership of operations for… Read more »

Introducing Rutger Hoorn, New Director of Global Sales

This month we are delighted to bring you an interview with Rutger Hoorn, our new Global Sales Director. Rutger started his career in 2010 as a Corporate Sales Manager in Ovation DMC Spain. After a 3-year experience with the European Basketball Federation, he joined our family again, as a Project Manager in Ovation DMC Switzerland…. Read more »

Interview to Alexandra Baltazar – Lisbon Convention Bureau Manager

Ovation Portugal DMC had the opportunity to meet with Alexandra Baltazar, Lisbon Convention Bureau Manager and we want to share with you, her thoughts and suggestions for this city and the country. Alexandra has gave us an interesting interview to look inside Portugal and her career through the tourism industry. She is in this industry representing… Read more »

Breaking News from Ovation Austria DMC: VIENNA DID IT AGAIN!

Vienna is Austria’s primary city, with a population of about 1.8 million and a cultural, economic, and political centre and it is the 7th-largest city by population within city limits in the European Union. What thrills millions of visitors to Vienna is confirmed for the eighth time by a renowned, international city comparison: Vienna is number one… Read more »

Ovation Global DMC at IMEX Frankfurt 2017

We are happy to share our participation at IMEX Frankfurt 2017 with you. We will be part of the +3000 companies participating from +130 countries. Hundreds of exhibitors, thousands of pre-scheduled business appointments already planned together with a dynamic and inspirational educational programme. Once again Frankfurt will be the centre of the global meetings industry, the… Read more »

The Buzz by Ovation Belgium – Fall 2016

The Buzz by Ovation Belgium – Fall 2016 View this email in your browser Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Be creative and get inspired by the circus values for your next company event! Contact Ovation Belgium to help you to build a new concept in collaboration with the Belgian… Read more »

Christmas Moments from Ovation Ireland

Christmas is a time of year spent with family and filled with annual traditions. Whether it’s a favourite Christmas song or a festive get together with friends, the team in Ovation prepare for this time of year with great excitement. Here we share some of our best Christmas memories and tips…            … Read more »

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 »

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 »

Genuinely Green Venue: Ballymaloe House

Last week we launched our Genuinely Green series and started to explore venues in Ireland and what they do for the environment. This week we look down to a very famous corner in Co. Cork – Ballymaloe House, Cookery School and Farm run by the Allen family. Ballymaloe have sustainability at the heart of everything… Read more »

Caoimhe’s Corner

Recently we launched #OvationInspiration on Twitter – every Friday we put the spotlight on our favourite things going on around Ireland – restaurants, cafes, festivals, books, plays, music, pop-ups, gigs, independent shops, markets… Anything that catches our eye, hidden gems that the regular tourist might not know about it! The idea is to inspire our… Read more »

Wild West of Ireland…

Dromoland Castle is one of Ireland’s finest 5 Star Castle properties. Located only 15 minutes from Shannon Airport in the West of Ireland and 45 minutes from the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, it pampers to the Irish Castle dream. It is the ideal base to really explore this magnificent part of Ireland. ACCESS TO THE WEST… Read more »

Spotlight On… John Hehir

John Hehir took up the position as Director of Sales & Marketing with Dromoland Castle in 1986. He spent the previous six years with Shannon Development Company and Shannon Castle Tours in the US promoting leisure and Incentive travel to Ireland. He has been based at the castle since the early ’90s and frequently visits all… Read more »

The Buzz by Ovation Belgium | Summer 2016

The Buzz by Ovation Belgium – Summer 2016 View this email in your browser Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation At Ovation Belgium we think new technology (Digital, Virtual, 3D ..) Change the way of building your events. Contact us! 10 Technologies To Enrich Teambuilding Activities Drop everything. Your manager… Read more »

Into the West… SITE Ireland in Ashford Castle

Site Ireland was fortunate to partner with Ashford Castle for their 2015 educational trip. The magnificent five star Ashford Castle is set on 350 acres, on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib. Dating back to 1228, the castle now enters a new chapter in its history, as part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. It has… Read more »

Ovation Christmas Crackers

  Merry Christmas to all our valued customers and friends from Ovation Ireland – looking forward to a very prosperous and Happy New Year!  

Caoimhe’s Christmas Corner

The end of the year is nigh and I’m shocked at how quickly my first year in Ovation has gone by!! One major milestone for the incentive industry this year was the launch of Site Young Leaders Ireland which I was delighted to be a part of as a committee member. We had our launch… Read more »

Spotlight on Niall Rochford…

Since graduating from DIT’s School of Hospitality Management and Tourism over 23 years ago, Niall Rochford has embraced the industry whole heartedly. Previously Deputy General Manager at Dromoland Castle, Niall has now been General Manager of Ashford Castle since May 2002. He is responsible for the day to day running of the iconic 82 bedroom castle. Continually ensuring the… Read more »

Newsletter – The Word by Ovation

The Word by Ovation – #winning Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now In this edition… Everyone’s a winner! Last month, a large chunk of my time was taken up with celebrating no less than five big wins by our personalities, our partners and at our IMEX America Talent Night…. Read more »

The Word Newsletter – August 2015

The Word by Ovation – August 2015 Having trouble viewing this email? View it in your browser. Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now In this edition… I pay a visit to my Nordic friends in Ovation Sweden and Ovation Denmark and it’s all systems go for IMEX America 2015…. Read more »

The Word Newsletter – June 2015

The Word by Ovation – June 2015 Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now In this edition… We take a closer look at the Rainbow Nation, then swing by Holland for some Dutch colour. And yes, I’ve been partying in Portugal and Philippines already this year but I still have plenty of energy… Read more »

The Word Newsletter – April 2015

The Word by Ovation – April 2015 Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now In this edition… We check in with our Finnish and Baltic offices for destination updates ahead of the IMEX Frankfurt tradeshow. Across the pond, we applaud the DMC Network’s recent accolades and report from the ITE… Read more »

‘The Word’ Newsletter – February 2015

The Word by Ovation – February 2015 Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now In this edition… Ovation Portugal shares a new infographic and we take a look at the ‘open-air museum’ that is Armenia. I also have reports from my Mexican travels and time spent with Aoife Delaney at the… Read more »

‘The Word’ Newsletter – December 2014

The Word by Ovation – December 2014 Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now In this edition… I used my trip in Santa’s sleigh to spend a little time with my offices in Australia, Italy, Slovakia and our latest addition to the network, Norway. Happy holidays to one and all.        … Read more »

‘The Word’ Newsletter – October 2014

  The Word by Ovation – October 2014 Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now In this edition… We visit the sun-kissed destinations of Greece, Arabia and Thailand – all of which would offer a welcome break after the madness that was the IMEX America trade show in Las Vegas… Read more »

‘The Word’ Newsletter – August 2014

  The Word by Ovation – August 2014 Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now In this edition… A warm welcome in the Philippines, dinner invitations from my Ovation Ireland colleagues and a trip with Hugo means I have a few early favourites for the 2014 Huggability Award winner.   … Read more »

The Word Newsletter – June 2014

  The Word by Ovation – June 2014 Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now In this edition… I take a snapshot of Switzerland, pay a quick visit to Hungary, share the best Tweets from IMEX and report on the trend of outlet shopping villages being used to great effect as venue… Read more »

‘The Word’ Newsletter – April 2014

  The Word by Ovation – April 2014 Having trouble viewing this email? View it in your browser. Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now In this edition… I pay a visit to two of Ovation’s sunniest destinations: Malta and South Africa. Because I’m a bear who likes to give, I… Read more »

‘The Word’ Newsletter – February 2014

  The Word by Ovation – February 2014   Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now In this edition… I report from the Ovation Summit in Gothenburg which was a stop-off on my way to check out a few of our destinations in Southeast Asia, on my way home I… Read more »

‘The Word’ October 2013

The Word by Ovation – October 2013 Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now In this edition… I’ve been across the pond to interview my new friend Cindy M. Hartner and to meet my new huggability winner Sue Pelletier en route to the world-of-wonder that is the IMEX America tradeshow in Las… Read more »

‘The Word’ August 2013

The Word by Ovation – August 2013 . Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now In this edition… I’ve been looking to the east; my infographic gives a snapshot introduction to meetings and events in the EU’s largest country, Ukraine, and I’ve been exploring the diverse attractions of Lebanon. Fittingly, my ‘Ovation… Read more »

‘The Word’ June 2013 edition

The Word by Ovation – June 2013 . Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now In this edition… After months of hard work I’m delighted to launch my brand spanking new website (www.ovationdmc.com). The website is, of course, merely a stepping stone to actually experiencing our destinations and meeting the personalities who ‘make… Read more »

February 2013 edition

The Word by Ovation – February 2013 . Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now In this edition… Starting my trip across North America and being invited to share my thoughts on Ovation’s CSR activities has made me a busy blogging bear this month. Naturally, I deferred to my local… Read more »

December 2012 edition

The Word by Ovation – December 2012 Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now In this edition… I’ve enlisted Aoife to help you enjoy a healthy yet indulgent festive season while Padraic reports from the FICP Conference in LA. My colleagues in Serbia created an infographic to share some of… Read more »

October 2012 edition

The Word by Ovation – October 2012 Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now In this edition… Earlier this month I sent my troops on a mission to the desert (IMEX America in Las Vegas) to decorate our industry’s Most Huggable Person 2012. Back in Europe, my charges in Ovation Estonia… Read more »

August 2012 edition

The Word by Ovation – August 2012 Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now In this edition… It’s Huggability season and as the summer draws to a close what better way to keep me feeling warm and fuzzy than sift through the nominations flying my way for Ovation’s Most… Read more »

June 2012 edition

The Word by Ovation – June 2012 Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now In this edition… Summer’s here and a bear’s thoughts turn to vacation. Namibia is on my hotlist (and Simone’s CSR programmes will make me feel good about myself!!) but Elena’s Bulgaria video excites me too, hmmm where to… Read more »

April 2012 edition

The Word by Ovation – April 2012 . Find us on Facebook Connect with our people Talk to Ovation Bear now Welcome to the new look Ovation newsletter I thought those Marketing colleagues of mine were getting a little lax with their communications. Time for me to step in. Lots more visuals and less text I… Read more »