With the significant lifting of remaining pandemic restrictions in recent months, there has been a sudden increase in air travel. While challenges remain in the form of rising costs and staff crunch, airlines are expected to return to profitability this year after a turbulent time for the sector.
The return of in-person events, which provide companies with the opportunity to network and create new leads, will add to this positive momentum in the sector, and organizations such as Future Travel Experience (FTE) are leading the charge. .
FTE is dedicated to improving the end-to-end passenger experience and business performance through independent programs and online media.
From 7-9 June, the organization is running the FTE EMEA, FTE Ancillary and FTE World Airport Retailing Summit events co-located at the RDS in Dublin.
With Ireland emerging as a center for challengers and innovators in the dynamic travel tech industry, it is no surprise that Dublin was chosen as the venue for the summit, a major European event in the aviation calendar. The program was
Ireland and a range of ground-breaking Irish companies providing cutting-edge technology and world-leading customer experiences in the travel and aviation sector.
Our own data shows that Ireland has become a global hub for travel tech innovation, with around 100 Irish based companies operating in the area.
The presence of some of the leading travel brands in Ireland such as Airbnb, Hostelworld, CarTrawler and Tripadvisor has contributed to our strong global reputation in the region.
This uniquely focused and collaborative ecosystem presents a wealth of opportunities for Irish travel tech companies to grow their business.
Companies like Rainmaker, which improves cost management for airlines through a range of solutions, from crew pay management to fuel consumption and conservation, are leaders in innovation. The Future Travel Experience provides an excellent platform to showcase how innovative Irish companies like Rainmaker are creating solutions to industry challenges.
This is Enterprise Ireland’s first year as the Official Headline Partner of the Future Travel Experience.
Since this is the first major in-person travel tech event to be held in Ireland in more than two years, there is a strong interest in the sector both locally and internationally.
More than 800 senior air transport executives from around the world are scheduled to 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 allow travel tech companies from around the world to showcase their innovative offerings in the areas of operations, customer experience, commercial, product, service, safety and sustainability.
It will also provide them with significant exposure to the world’s major airlines and airports.
The event will give companies the opportunity to forge connections and forge new partnerships through networking with executives from around the world and benchmark innovations against the best of the industry.
Enterprise Ireland will be hosting six client companies on our stand.
Irish companies to be featured at the event include Verifly from Irish biometric identity assurance specialist Daon. It is one of the most popular platforms in the world for handling COVID-19 travel requirements.
Rainmaker and Salmon Software, which specialize in treasury management software, are among the established companies to be featured at the summit.
Early-stage Enterprise Ireland Client Frequency will also be showcasing its Aviation Collaboration Platform that connects the frontline, operations control center and leadership.
TripAdmit, which is driving ancillary revenue in the region with its White Label solution, which allows airlines and airports to offer bookable tours and activities to customers, will also be present.
At the Innovation and Start-up Hub Live, which takes place at the summit on June 7, startups will have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of international airlines, airports and VCs with a focus on the topics of sustainability and automation.
The event will feature ground-breaking solutions designed to help airlines, airports and other stakeholders to tackle global problems.
For example, at Enterprise Ireland’s stand, award-winning SaaS technology company CX Index will showcase its suite of tools that ensure that the right passenger data is delivered to the right team within the airline to improve customer experience.
Innovation and collaboration are indeed the keys to rebuilding the region and we look forward to helping bring these ideas together under one roof.
The event will play an important role in our efforts to help Irish businesses operating in the travel technology sector start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets.
Gavin O’Connell is a Development Consultant with the High Potential Start-up Division of Enterprise Ireland.
For more information on the show, visit futuretravelexperience.com