In travel and aviation, is soaring to new heights; Ireland’s reputation in aircraft leasing is unmatched across the globe. Ireland is home to 40% of the world’s fleet of leased aircraft meaning that 1 in 4 of the world’s planes are leased from Ireland, representing over €100 Billion in assets. Matched with this is Ireland’s importance as a tourism hub; Almost 11m people visit Ireland each year equating to AU$10 billion to the Irish economy.
It’s no surprise therefore that Ireland has emerged as a leader in world travel technology. Enterprise Ireland has assisted in the development of a cluster of world class companies, covering everything from reservation technologies, payment and ICT solution providers, and international travel agencies. To support this development, Enterprise Ireland have launched the Propeller Programme, a start-up accelerator designed to support the continued expansion of Ireland’s aviation and aerospace start-up ecosystem.
Ireland has a wealth of leading, innovative technologies to support the travellers the world over. Below we profile some of the most exciting Irish businesses who are revolutionizing the travel experience and developing niche, customer-focused solutions for the travel industry:
Adams & Butler
Adams & Butler is an upscale DMC offering unique, authentic travel experiences tailored to clients’ personal preferences using the finest castle and boutique hotels, private stately mansions, country guesthouses and world-renowned driver guides. Luxury destinations include Taupo New Zealand, Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef, The Whitsundays and Yulara, Northern Territory.
Boxever was originally founded by former Datalex employees Dave O ‘Flanagan, Alan Giles, and Dermot O’Connor in 2011. This Irish SAAS travel company produces offers a cloud-based solution that connects all customer, product and operational data, letting their client personalize 1:1 and deliver predictive offers on every channel, across every customer journey. Boxever acts as the “brain” within the marketing (and business) tech ecosystem, taking in all data about the customer, deciding what should happen next and executing that action through the most appropriate channels – in real time, as it happens. Clients include Emirates, Air New Zealand and eDreams
CarTrawler is the world’s leading B2B travel technology platform providing multimodal transport solutions to almost one billion passengers annually. CarTrawler is a B2B brand and does not sell car rental or other ground transport solutions directly to the public. They help their partners to build their own brands for car rental and other ground transportation solutions and work with leading airlines such as Virgin Australia
Established in 2004, City Wonders began as an innovative tour to taking small groups of visitors on a walk around historic Rome. From there the company grew rapidly to become one of the largest tour companies Europe, adding more product offerings throughout Italy, Vatican City, and Paris. The company has now grown to encompass the more than the 150 tours and 30 destinations, bookable directly on their website, or through a global network of travel distributors.
CurrencyFair gives ordinary people access to foreign exchange rates normally reserved for banks and market professionals, making it cheaper to transfer money internationally. Currency Fair is now a global operation with over 90 staff and offices in Ireland, Australia and the UK.
While recent deployments of Daon’s mobile biometrics platform has been within the banking sector, border control deployments remain an important part of the company’s business operations, having long been a core area of expertise. Daon has successfully deployed a biometric pre-clearance system at Dublin Airport, specifically for United States of American Customs and Border Protection and a solution has also been implemented as part of an upgrade of a major border control system in Asia.
Fexco is the originator of Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) and is the global market leader in the provision of DCC services providing solutions to 100,000+ merchant locations with over 35 multi-currency enabled acquiring banks. DCC is the user-friendly, point-of-purchase service whereby international Visa & MasterCard card users can choose to pay in their own currency, rather than the domestic currency of where they are making their purchase.
Homestay.com is an accommodation marketplace for travellers who are seeking a ‘live like a local’ experience. Delivering a more authentic, hosted holiday, and with 50,000 listings in 160 countries, Homestay has created a niche marketplace for the traveller looking for personalised travel rather than being part of the global sharing economy.
Beginning within the niche of hostel bookings, Hostelworld have since defied their name to become the go-to website for finding accommodation at campsites, B&Bs and hostels around the world. Hostelworld is headquartered in Dublin with bases in London, Porto, Seoul, Shanghai and Sydney and employs around 250 people.
icabbi provides booking and dispatch software for the Taxi and Private Hire industry. They transform businesses by providing a true technology partner. iCabbi’s platform delivers a superior experience for call takers, controllers, drivers and passengers. The company reduces operational costs, increases efficiency through automation, resulting in happier drivers and happier customers.
Mobacar uses Artificial Intelligence to gain a deep cognitive understanding of customers, predict their specific mobility needs and fulfil this through their global ground transportation network in real time. Within the global car rental sector, Mobacar’s proprietary cognition engine AI technology, enables clients to offer their consumers intelligently matched car rental package options driving revenue, profitability and overall consumer satisfaction. Mobacar was listed no8 on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 in 2018.
Roomex for Business is an innovative hotel booking system designed especially for corporate travel, pulling inventory from 35 different sources in order to aggregate 650,000 hotels worldwide at discounted rates. Roomex is an Irish owned company with over 1000 clients, offering visibility on spend through reporting, an efficient booking process and a payment method that makes reconciliation of spend easy.
Sanctifly is a global solution to travel wellness. An app that aggregates all the options that are good for you when travelling, including access to airport hotel gym, pool and spa facilities without having to book a room, lounges with showers, airport massage and lots, lots more. Sanctifly has a clear mandate – to present travel well options for members, where ever they are.
TIC Brugger (Biztweet)
TIC’s flagship product is the IATA award winning software, BizTweet. BizTweet is a social decision software that uses Twitter and Facebook to increase a corporation’s ability to communicate automatically with their customers. The company creates custom applications and software to help businesses achieve real-time, personalised communications with customers at scale. Clients include Melbourne & Sydney Airports.
Travaplan is a free to use itinerary management platform which removes the pain for business travel coordinators, team managers and event managers when delivering personalized live itineraries and schedules to travelers’ mobiles. Travaplan also provides the organization with up to date comprehensive reporting on their travel spend and the ability to locate travelers in the event of emergency.
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Contact: Stephen Mullan