Irish companies offer new opportunities in travel tech


With the significant lifting of the remaining pandemic restrictions in recent months, air travel has seen an abrupt rebound. While challenges remain in the form of rising costs and staffing shortages, airlines are expected to return to profitability this year after a turbulent period for the sector.

The return of in-person events that offer companies the opportunity to network and build new leads will contribute to this positive momentum in the industry, and organizations like Future Travel Experience (FTE) are leading the way.

FTE is dedicated to improving end-to-end passenger experience and also business performance through independent events and online media.

The organization is hosting the RTD EMEA, RTD Ancillary and RTD World Airport Retailing Summit events at the RDS in Dublin from 7th to 9th June.

With Ireland emerging as a hub of challengers and innovators in the dynamic travel technology industry, it’s no wonder Dublin was chosen as the location for this summit, a key event on the European aviation calendar.

Ireland and a number of pioneering Irish companies deliver cutting-edge technology and world-leading customer experiences in travel and aviation.

Our own data shows that Ireland has become a global hub for innovation in travel technology, with around 100 Irish-based companies active in the sector.

The presence of some of Ireland’s leading travel brands such as Airbnb, Hostelworld, CarTrawler and Tripadvisor has contributed to our strong global reputation in the sector.

This uniquely focused and collaborative ecosystem offers a wealth of opportunities for Irish travel tech companies to grow their business.

Companies like Rainmaker, which improves cost management for airlines through various solutions from crew payroll management to fuel economy and savings, are at the forefront of innovation. Future Travel Experience provides an excellent platform to showcase how innovative Irish companies like Rainmaker are developing solutions to industry challenges.

This is Enterprise Ireland’s first year as an Official Main Partner of Future Travel Experience.

As this is the first major in-person travel tech event in Ireland in over two years, there is strong interest across the industry, both locally and internationally.

More than 800 senior aviation industry executives from around the world will travel to Dublin for the event including Ryanair, Lufthansa, Finnair, Turkish Airlines, Avalon and Cathay Pacific.

The theme of this year’s summit is “Scaling Innovation”. It will enable travel tech companies from around the world to showcase their innovative offerings in operations, customer experience, advertising, product, service, safety and sustainability.

It will also give them crucial insight into the world’s leading airlines and airports.

Companies at the event will also have the opportunity to network and forge new partnerships with leaders from around the world, as well as benchmark innovations against the best in the industry.

Enterprise Ireland will host six customer companies at our stand.

Irish companies exhibiting at the event include Verifly, from Irish biometric identity assurance specialist Daon. It is one of the world’s most popular platforms for handling travel requirements related to Covid-19.

Rainmaker and Salmon Software, which specialize in treasury management software, are among the established companies exhibiting at the Summit.

Enterprise Ireland’s early stage customer, Frequency, will also showcase its aviation collaboration platform, connecting frontline, operations control centers and executives.

TripAdmit, which is driving additional revenue in the industry with its white-label solution that allows airlines and airports to offer customers bookable tours and activities, will also be present.

At the Innovation & Start-up Hub Live, which takes place at the Summit on June 7th, startups have the opportunity to pitch in front of a panel of international airlines, airports and VCs with a focus on the topics of sustainability and automation.

The event will showcase breakthrough solutions designed to help airlines, airports and other stakeholders tackle global issues.

For example, at the Enterprise Ireland stand, award-winning SaaS technology company CX Index will be showcasing its suite of tools that ensure the right passenger data gets to the right team within the airline to improve the customer experience.

Innovation and collaboration are truly key to rebuilding this sector and we look forward to bringing these ideas together under one roof.

The event will play an important part in our efforts to help Irish companies operating in the travel tech sector to launch, grow, innovate and achieve export sales in global markets.

Gavin O’Connell is a Development Advisor at Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-up Division.
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