12 gems of Christmas – Ovation Ireland

  As the year draws to a close and we look back at the range of fantastic trips that have taken place this year, we take a moment to consider a few of the special features Ireland has to offer. Known as the Emerald Isle we have taken inspiration from all over the country in… Read more »

#Ooovation Competition

Halloween is fast approaching and in an effort to get in the spirit of all things ‘spooky’ we asked some of the Ovation team to share their Halloween plans with us. See who is a big fan of Halloween and who would rather fast forward to Christmas. We have three vouchers for Brown Thomas to… Read more »

Ovation @ IMEX America 2016

IMEX America 2016 is just around the corner. This year the show is bigger and better than ever, with the largest Hosted Buyer Program in North America and thousands of MICE industry stakeholders expected on the show floor from October 18-20 in Las Vegas. If you are interested in a specific Ovation destination which will… Read more »

1916 Commemorations

Ireland 2016 Centenary Year 2016 marks the centenary of The Easter Rising. This uprising was one of the defining moments of the struggle for Irish independence which began on Easter Monday 1916 with the reading of the proclamation, Poblacht na h-Eireann by Pádraig Pearse. After days of fighting on Dublin city streets, there were approximately… Read more »

Caoimhe’s Corner

The end of January usually means more salads, empty bank accounts and staying in however Tradfest in Dublin has turned all of that on its head to create one of the best weekends in Irish traditional music all year. What had started as a humble festival in 2005 has turned into a fantastic weekend celebrating… Read more »

Ovation’s Lonely Heart’s Club

We reached out to the team expecting to be wooed by their stories d’amour and show what an amorous lot we Irish are – contrary to popular belief. What came back from the team is basically a who’s who of the lonely hearts club… Read it and weep!     And we finally we have… Read more »

Spotlight on… St Patrick’s Day

We are so excited to launch our St Patrick’s Day Selfie Competition #BeSeenInGreen – get involved for a chance to win some special Ovation surprises!   Don’t forget to tag @OvationIreland in your tweet, keep an eye on our Twitter feed to eye up the competition! Any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch aine.okeefe@ovationdmc.com Happy Snapping!

DMC Network receives 20 ADMEI Award Nominations

The Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) has announced the 2016 Achievement, Excellence and Recognition Award Finalists and The DMC Network, LLC is proud to see eight of its companies nominated for a total of 20 awards in 12 different categories. Two additional DMC Network companies are being recognized with the nominations of employees… Read more »

From Dublin to Dehli…

  Director of Sales for Ovation Ireland and SITE Ireland Chapter President Aine O’Keefe travelled to India for the Site Global Conference – here she reports…   I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Site Global Conference 2015 in New Dehli at the end of October, following on hot on the heels… Read more »

The New and Improved K Club

Having completed a €20 million renovation project, there is no better time to stay at the K Club. With newly appointed elegant and luxurious bedrooms, refurbished dining spaces and an all en-compassing resort experience, the offering for the incentive and corporate market is better than ever at the K Club, Co. Kildare.     A… Read more »

Spotlight On… Adrian Mooney

  Working with The K Club since 2011, Adrian joined from The Football Association of Ireland where he had been for the previous 5 years. He is married with with two kids (more below!) and a big Manchester United fan, this has not made for easy viewing of late! Adrian loves sports in general and… Read more »

Caoimhe’s Corner

The culture of Halloween has taken off across the world with ghouls and ghosts, bonfires and bon bons – however not many people know it originates from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain – “Feast of the Dead”. This tradition has carried down through the years and has evolved into Halloween as we know it today…. Read more »

Ovation ready for Vienna’s busy 2016 congress calendar

Vienna, Austria is one of the most famous congress cities in the world and that’s one of the main reasons why Ovation Austria is located in the city. The following table offers a short overview of some of the larger international congresses which Vienna will host in 2016;  Start Finish Venue Name Attendees  02.03.2016  05.03.2016… Read more »

Barcelona welcomes the world at the annual EIBTM

From next week’s Tuesday, 18th until Thursday, 20th of November 2014, the world of meetings and events will gather once again at the famous EIBTM tradeshow in Barcelona. With over 15.000 industry professionals attending the show and more than 3.000 global exhibitors presenting the latest in global meetings, incentives and events, Barcelona will be pretty… Read more »

It’s not just us saying Ireland is the best!!!

We were worried in case you thought there was a hint of bias when we proclaimed how wonderful Ireland is, how friendly the people are and how outstanding the scenery, well, in the last few months, it seems everyone has been agreeing! A new worldwide index of places to live has named Ireland as the… Read more »

Ovation News Submission

Although it is the same design, this page is not visible on the Ovation website. This is a portal for Ovation employees and strategic partners to submit content to the Ovation Global Marcom Team. Any news submitted via this portal should be publication ready – we will do a general proof and verification but we… Read more »

Rediscover Switzerland? Ovation DMC.

From palm trees to glaciers; a country full of contrasts, stunning natural scenery, 4 languages and cultures, exquisite gastronomy, exemplary public transport, outstanding infrastructure and venues, short transfer times, truly amazing meeting locations and of course the coolest ski-slopes in the world. We don’t want to brag about it, but seeing is believing. Fancy discovering… Read more »

Spotlight on…Aoife Delaney

Spotlight on…Aoife Delaney, Global Director of Sales at Ovation  Being born in Missouri and having attained an Honours degree in International Business from the American College Dublin, Aoife was always going to be one of Ovation’s globally savvy talents. Having cut her teeth in the UK and Ireland region, she now has responsibility for Ovation’s… Read more »

A Georgian road less travelled…

Dublin is over 1000 years old but reached its architectural zenith during the Georgian era, which spanned the 18th century. The elegant neo-classical town houses from this era are among the most magnificent examples of Georgian architecture anywhere and enjoy a particular reputation for the quality of the interior plasterwork. Most people are familiar with… Read more »

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Site Executive Summit is a Success in the Dominican Republic

Site welcomed 200 professionals from hotels, DMCs, airlines, governments and students from across the Caribbean to the Site Executive Summit in the Dominican Republic, 31 January to 1 February 2014 at the Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort in Punta Cana. The Summit is an annual initiative that takes the Site International Board of… Read more »

Dreambuilders school taking shape in Nepal

With the help of fifteen talents from six MCI and Ovation offices, the MCI Sustainability Community’s latest initiative took them high up the Himalayas to build an MCI classroom and fund the salary of a secondary teacher for the next two years. Guy Bigwood, MCI Group Sustainability Director, explains why simply building the facility was… Read more »

Culture Corner

Movie Pick – The Irish Pub The Ovation Ireland team went en masse to see the new release The Irish Pub. Yes it’s true, when we are not in a pub we are in a cinema (the very stylish Lighthouse Cinema) watching a movie about the pub… The film was part inspired by the book… Read more »

Get Crafty

Best of Irish Craft Ireland has always been renowned for its excellent craft scene, however, in recent years it has enjoyed a renaissance with more people looking for a substantial product with a personal touch. It seems that there are more craftspeople in Ireland than ever and this reflects a change in priorities – both… Read more »

Spotlight on… Emma McGurk

With a background in International law and languages Emma spent many years in Scotland wondering what it was she was missing…and then it hit her…Ireland! After returning to Dublin she moved into the area of International Sales where she hasn’t looked back. Having worked alongside Marie Lawlor in the Convention Centre Dublin, Emma is no… Read more »

Site Ireland Visits Cork, The Rebel County

Ovation Ireland has always believed in ‘giving back’ and one of the easiest ways of doing this is participating in industry associations, thus began Ovation’s long association with Site. Patrick Delaney & Padraic Gilligan are both ex-presidents, Aoife Delaney currently sits on the Site International Board and has recently been elected Site Global Vice President… Read more »

Ovation Wins ‘Best DMC’ at C&IT Awards

Ovation Global DMC is delighted to announce that the company has been recognised as the ‘Best Destination Management Company 2013’ at this year’s C&IT Awards in London. The annual awards ceremony took place on September 27th and attracted more than 500 movers and shakers from the events industry.       A panel of 17… Read more »