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The Word by Ovation – October 2012

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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 were busy producing a plan-of-attack (or infographic as my bear cubs call it) for meetings and events in the Baltic state. Further east, Ovation’s Taiwanese base is looking like the perfect destination for an Asian assignment. Lastly, with eight new strategically positioned destinations announced this month, I thought it timely for Ovation’s commander-in-chief, Padraic Gilligan, to reflect on how our brand was built. Enjoy…

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competition time


Courtesy of balticEVENT, Ovation’s Strategic Partner in Estonia, win 2 nights in the 5* Hotel Telegraaf with breakfast, dinner and unlimited use of spa facilities. For your chance to win, simply ‘like’ Ovation’s Facebook page or follow Ovation Bear on Twitter.

Congratulations to Christel Van der Wielen, winner of our August competition.

Ovation Infographic


10 reasons to think Tallinn

New York, Singapore, Seoul, San Francisco…what do these cities have in common with Estonia’s capital city, Tallinn? The answer: they are all included in the ‘Top Ten Digital Cities in The World’ list published by Australia’s ‘The Age’ newspaper. Effortlessly merging the allure of the UNESCO-listed Old Town district with an excellent tech infrastructure, Tallinn is fast becoming a destination which ticks all the boxes for meeting, event and incentive travel groups. Here is our infographic to prove it! more>

Ovation Places

Taiwan for meetings

Taiwan: more than just a taste of Asia

Effectively a mountain range rising out of the sea, Taiwan offers some of the most spectacular sights of natural beauty in Asia. More importantly for meetings and events, this island nation is the ideal size to enable visitors to experience the best of Asia without adding countless miles onto their itineraries. Experience cosmopolitan city life, the high-tech mentality, a unique approach to relationship building and much more; check out Ovation Taiwan’s sample programmes. more>

Ovation Huggability

Eduardo and OB

2012 Winner: Eduardo Chaillo

Ovation Bear faced the tough task of whittling 35 huggability nominees down to a shortlist of 10, then came the near impossible task of choosing just one to be Ovation’s Most Huggable Person 2012. more>

Ovation News

IMEX America

Eight new destinations

Ovation’s presence at IMEX America in Las Vegas, where they shared a stand with their North American allies, The DMC Network, served as the perfect platform to announce the eight new locations added to the now 100+ destinations Ovation covers. more>

Ovation Blogger

Padraic Gilligan blog

Branding and The Bear

There have been a lot of industry changes since Patrick Delaney and Padraic Gilligan set the Ovation story in motion almost 20 years ago. Now, using a tool which epitomises these changes (his blog), Padraic describes how Ovation is ‘Building a Brand with Teddy Bears and Hugs’. more>

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