Why partner with Irish travel tech businesses?

Innovation

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  • Irish SMEs are the most innovative in Europe.
  • Always at the forefront of innovation in travel, Ireland is the birthplace of duty-free shops and aircraft leasing.
  • Enterprise Ireland-backed start-ups, such as CarTrawler, Datalex and Hostelworld have revolutionised the travel industry.
  • Irish travel tech companies deliver leading-edge technology that integrates easily with traditional legacy travel IT systems.
  • Home to innovation centres for SITA, Starwood Hotels, Ryanair, Uber and Lufthansa.

Ecosystem

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  • Ireland’s uniquely concentrated and collaborative ecosystem comprises over 100 travel tech companies, spanning global giants to rapidly scaling niche players.
  • Recognised for its world-class talent pool, over 3,500 people are currently employed in the sector.
  • Enterprise Ireland supports Propeller Shannon, an accelerator that aims to drive the development of innovative start-ups in the travel sector.
Enterprise Ireland-backed start-ups, such as CarTrawler, Datalex and Hostelworld have revolutionised the travel industry.Enterprise Ireland-backed start-ups, such as CarTrawler, Datalex and Hostelworld have revolutionised the travel industry.

Reputation

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  • Irish travel tech companies including Aerospace Software Developments, Datalex and Flightman provide innovative solutions for the world’s leading airlines.
  • Booking platforms Hostelworld and Campsited connect customers to unique accommodation worldwide.
  • CarTrawler, Arvoia and CityHook help leading travel operators expand their reach globally, while Boxever, LikeWhere and Swrve drive personalised experiences for customers.
  • Over 50% of the world’s leased aircraft fleet is owned or managed from Ireland.

Innovation

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  • Irish SMEs are the most innovative in Europe.
  • Always at the forefront of innovation in travel, Ireland is the birthplace of duty-free shops and aircraft leasing.
  • Enterprise Ireland-backed start-ups, such as CarTrawler, Datalex and Hostelworld have revolutionised the travel industry.
  • Irish travel tech companies deliver leading-edge technology that integrates easily with traditional legacy travel IT systems.
  • Home to innovation centres for SITA, Starwood Hotels, Ryanair, Uber and Lufthansa.

Ecosystem

Ecosystem icon
  • Ireland’s uniquely concentrated and collaborative ecosystem comprises over 100 travel tech companies, spanning global giants to rapidly scaling niche players.
  • Recognised for its world-class talent pool, over 3,500 people are currently employed in the sector.
  • Enterprise Ireland supports Propeller Shannon, an accelerator that aims to drive the development of innovative start-ups in the travel sector.

Reputation

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  • Irish travel tech companies including Aerospace Software Developments, Datalex and Flightman provide innovative solutions for the world’s leading airlines.
  • Booking platforms Hostelworld and Campsited connect customers to unique accommodation worldwide.
  • CarTrawler, Arvoia and CityHook help leading travel operators expand their reach globally, while Boxever, LikeWhere and Swrve drive personalised experiences for customers.
  • Over 50% of the world’s leased aircraft fleet is owned or managed from Ireland.

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Enterprise Ireland is the Irish Government’s trade and innovation agency. Our goal is to build successful, long-term business relationships between international companies and Irish partners.

Access to Innovation

As one of the world’s largest seed capital investors, we help develop a pipeline of cutting edge Irish companies.

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Our industry experts understand your requirements, and match you with a shortlist of Irish partners that can deliver on them.

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Access to Innovation

As one of the world’s largest seed capital investors, we help develop a pipeline of cutting edge Irish companies.

Connect to Businesses

Our industry experts understand your requirements, and match you with a shortlist of Irish partners that can deliver on them.

Get Direct Introductions

We make direct introductions to the right people in Irish companies, enhancing and simplifying your experience.

Learn more about our travel tech companies

Aerospace Software Development

Aerospace Software Developments (ASD) are a dynamic and fast-growing software company. ASD specialise in the development and implementation of mission-critical applications based on the latest RFID technology which are specifically designed for the Aerospace and Aviation market sectors.

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Boxever

Boxever is the leader in data science and omni-channel personalization solutions for airlines and travel companies. Boxever’s Customer Intelligence Cloud enables travel marketers to build a 360 degree view of every customer and apply predictive analytics and machine learning to automatically create personalized, one-to-one marketing experiences that lead to higher conversion rates, increased revenue and truly differentiated customer experiences.

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CarTrawler

CarTrawler’s multiple award-winning technology platform uses an algorithmic approach to choose the perfect product at the perfect price, to the customer, each and every time. It factors a myriad of data signals in real-time to deliver the best possible conversion and revenue for our partners.

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CityHook

CityHook is a simple website that answers a good travel question: what’s the best way between the airport and downtown? We combine local knowledge, transport timetables, editorial and community reviews to calculate the best way to get from the airport to downtown.

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Datalex

Datalex is a market leader in digital commerce for travel retailers. The Datalex Commerce Platform enables a travel marketplace of over one billion shoppers covering every corner of the globe, driven by some of the world’s most innovative airline retail brands.

Flightman

Flightman is a global leader in the provision of “Connected Aircraft” solutions to airlines. The company develops Aviation Software Solutions which are incorporated in a Service to connect the aircraft to the back-office systems and drive productivity and operational improvements.

Hostelworld

Fifty-one per cent of hostel travellers say that the most important factor in a great trip is meeting new people and experiencing new cultures. Hostelworld aims to ignite those social travel experiences through superior booking options and a mobile app that helps travellers make the most of their journeys.

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LikeWhere

LikeWhere analyse cities, interpret how they feel in human terms, then match the right location to the right customer.

Technology that allows airline companies to offer a suite of ground transportation options to customers has made CarTrawler a world leader, while a focus on innovation helps it to constantly improve its product offering.

CarTrawler is a real Irish success story. The world’s leading B2B travel technology platform began life in 2005 as a car hire company but, according to Chief Technology Officer Bobby Healy, the company quickly saw the potential of online offerings: “Our background was in airline technologies and we applied that learning to the car hire industry, and very quickly became the leader in the world.”

CarTrawler technology connects

CarTrawler’s technology links customers booking flights online with a range of ground transportation options, from bus transfer to car hire or taxi hailing services, creating a one-stop-shop for quick and easy journey planning. The benefit for the consumer is clear, but there are also significant benefits for airlines in terms of the ancillary revenue derived from offering a full retail experience: “One line of code pulls our widget code in, and that integrates directly with the airline’s system to get all the details on the passenger, on the journeys they’re about to make or, for example, when they’re checking in. That one line of code enables the airline to provide the entire shopping experience for their consumers.”

And it’s all done by CarTrawler: “Ancillary revenue is further down the priority order for our customers’ in-house technology teams, so by making it a simple thing to do, they don’t need to undertake a big IT project themselves. That decoupling of the technology problem from the revenue opportunity is what we do.”

Providing technology (and revenue) solutions for their partners requires a focus on innovation, and Bobby agrees that this is critical for CarTrawler: “The best customer a B2B business can ever have for a new product is their existing customers. So the more products we can invent, the more revenue we’re going to make from the existing customer base.”

A recent example of this is a taxi hailing product that the company developed, which was imediately switched on for existing customers, including Emirates Airlines. Bobby adds, “That was a natural extension of our existing relationship with them. Innovation is our pipeline and we have two ways of looking at that – new customers for existing products, and new products for existing customers. We absolutely have to get the R&D and the innovation right.”

Growth market

CarTrawler works with partners all over the world providing this unique suite of high-quality products, “Our focus has always been Europe and the bulk of our business is in Europe, but Southeast Asia and Australia and New Zealand have been very good markets for us. We power the largest low-cost carrier in Southeast Asia, AirAsia, across eight different markets. Japan has also been very strong for us. Car drivers and car hire penetrations are lower in Asia than in Europe or North America but they’re growing and so too is the use of online engines to book ground transportation.”

The company also has plans to expand into a market they have not previously focused on: “We’ve recently signed some major partnerships, including the second largest partner we’ve ever signed with, in North America, and that is going to get a lot more of our focus over the next two years – we’re building a sizable team in North America to really deliver a lot more from that market.”

As the largest, most successful company in the world at what they do, CarTrawler’s team has a lot to be proud of: “Ryanair, Emirates, Virgin Australia and Hawaiian Airlines – one hundred plus airlines around the world depend on us for a major source of their profit, and that’s a pretty amazing achievement, all from Dundrum in Dublin.”

Bobby’s also very proud of the company’s commitment to diversity: “I’m particularly proud that there are more women working in CarTrawler than men. We’ve been really good at getting that balance right, being a really good opportunity for people living in Ireland to build great careers in one of the most entrepreneurial businesses in the country.”

For the future, CarTrawler’s new management team has a strong growth plan for a business that, even with the scale it has achieved, is still just scratching the surface of what’s possible: “Most people still book those products directly with providers and so our aim is to shift those customers to a proper retail experience where they get better choice, better value, better information on their products and the transaction is easier. We want to be the biggest channel as well as the biggest operator. Currently, the biggest channel is direct to suppliers, and that’s the huge opportunity for our business, to change that mix.”