Irish travel tech startup Meetings Booker wins Enterprise Ireland's Pioneer Travel Tech Award
18th April 2019
Meetings Booker has been named the best product winner of Enterprise Ireland’s Pioneer Travel Tech Award, which showcases and recognizes a new wave of high performing Irish travel tech startups.
Meetings Booker is a global leader in meeting venue discovery and online booking, with over 125,000 meeting spaces in 138 countries around the world. The company’s technology is used by international hotel groups and TMCs to power reservations on their own websites and their product offering has been recently enhanced with a platform that allows global corporations to effectively track expenditure and savings for meetings.
ServisBOT was named as the winner of the best pitch category. The company transforms customer service conversations through messaging, artificial intelligence and automation.
Six Irish travel tech startups took part in the pitch competition, including Urban Fox, ServisBOT, Culture Mee, Moby, Travaplan and Meetings Booker. Last year’s winner, Campsited, recently secured $500,000 in funding from Motley Fool Ventures.
The announcement was made at Enterprise Ireland’s annual Travel Tech Summit ‘The Future of Travel’, at Hayfield Manor Cork this week. The Travel Tech Summit showcased Ireland’s strengths as a leading travel tech hub to over eighty international executives from the Travel Tech industry stakeholders including Jet Blue Technology Ventures, American Airlines, Lonely Planet, IAG (International Airlines Group), Radisson Hotel Group, Aer Lingus and IHG.
With over 100 travel tech companies in Ireland, employing over 3,500 people, Ireland has emerged as a leading travel tech hub producing global industry leaders such as CarTrawler, Datalex and OpenJaw.
Congratulating Meetings Booker on winning the Enterprise Ireland Pioneer Travel Tech Award, Máire P. Walsh, SVP Digital Technologies, Enterprise Ireland USA said “Ireland has emerged as a leading travel tech hub that fosters innovation and is home to proven expertise and talent. This is not only reflected in the Irish companies that have become global leaders in this space but in the strong pipeline of travel tech startups that Ireland is producing. The six startups that participated in the pioneer travel tech pitch competition are bringing the next generation of travel tech solutions. Huge congratulations to Meetings Booker to be named this year’s overall winner for best product.”
“The travel industry is on course to significantly grow over the coming years due to emerging markets and a growing global middle class. Ireland with its thriving travel tech industry has great potential to capatalise on this by continuing to deliver new and innovative customer engagement products and services to meet evolving customer expectations.” added Máire Walsh.
The 6 Irish travel tech startups competing for the Enterprise Ireland Travel Tech Pioneer Award
Meetingsbooker.com is a global leader in meeting venue discovery and online booking, with over 125,000 meeting spaces in 138 countries around the world. Our technology is used by international hotel groups and TMCs to power reservations on their own websites. The company’ s product offering has been recently enhanced with a platform that allows global corporations to effectively track expenditure and savings for meetings.
Servisbot transforms customer service conversations through messaging, artificial intelligence and automation. They believe customer service can be a differentiator if it’s accessible, convenient and accurate, and that it should happen on the customer’s time and at hi s or her own pace. They put the customer at the center of a new, digital customer service experience.
Urbanfox' s powerful AI and behavioral analysis platform empowers customers to stop online payment fraud. UrbanFox is the most secure player in the space as they do not rely on rule-sets . The streamlined approach, integrating with your existing FDP workflows, enables smooth adoption. The fast reporting - inclusive of predictive output - is a massive differentiator in identifying new trends before they cost customers money.
Imagine doing business blindfolded. That is what it is like to do business abroad without understanding the local culture. CultureMee is a content platform which unlocks the keys to the local culture for business travellers by helping them unders and the local do's and don'ts in an engaging way through our award-winning content. CultureMee was awarded the "Best Travel Technology Product" at the Global Youth Travel Awards in September 2018 and was announced as the "One To Watch" in Buying Business Travel's Hotlist for 2019 of companies which will revolutionise the business travel industry.
Moby tours offers a convenient cheap and fun way for tourists and business travelers to navigate cities. Moby installs electric scooter docking stations into hotels and guests can then rent directly from the docking station. They rent by the hour, for the day or for an entire week if they wish. They can navigate the city in a much more fun and cheaper and quicker way than renting a car or using the taxi system
Travaplan is a next generation travel management solution that makes it easy for people to plan, book and manage their trips. It enables autonomous business travel by making direct booking convenient while al so delivering the control s companies need to maintain travel policy compliance and provide transparency around who is travelling and at what cost.
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