Irish Travel Technology Supporting Sunny Southern Europe’s Tourism Trade

EnterpriseIreland Hosts Key Travel Technology Decision Makers from Southern Europe and the Middle East

31st May 2012:  Key buyers and decision makers from Southern Europe’s most popular tourist destinations are in Ireland today and tomorrow to view the specialist technology solutions Irish companies have to offer the travel sector. 

To promote further export growth for Irish travel technology firms, Enterprise Ireland has organised a major inward visit by 26 managers from leading hotel chains and online travel agents from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and the emerging Dubai market.   The initiative represents an excellent opportunity for Ireland’s specialised technology companies active in areas such as online booking/revenue management, mobile technology, event planning software, international payments and customer tracking services to meet with key buyers from these burgeoning tourism markets.

Over the course of this visit, these buyers will take more than 150 one-to-one meetings with 19 innovative Irish technology companies such as Avvio, Openjaw, Cartrawler, Realex, Bookassist and MTT.  These clients have demonstrated strong jobs growth in the last 3 years. Employment has increased 46% in the crisis years 2009 to 2011 to over 450 people at these Enterprise Ireland supported companies.

Explaining the initiative, Kevin Sherry, Head of International Sales and Partnering said:

“Italy, Spain/Portugal and Turkey rank in the top 10 of the World’s most popular tourist destinations and the Italian, Spanish, Turkish and Dubai tourism industries are all showing positive growth trends despite the global economic downturn. Total visitor numbers to these markets was over 120 million in 2010.   

“Ireland has a wealth of leading, innovative technologies to support Southern Europe’s intensive tourist industry.  Ireland has developed a solid global reputation in the IT for Travel Sector for developing niche, customer-focussed solutions.  This visit by 26 senior representatives of key markets demonstrates their keen interest in learning more about Irish technologies to support their expanding markets.   Enabling Irish companies to meet these key market and decision makers this week will generate new business opportunities and growth of jobs for the Irish companies operating in this growing industry.”

ENDS

Ciara Concanon
Press and PR Manager
Enterprise Ireland

Ciara Concannon
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