David Collins, Commercial Director, Avvio, said that the current economic climate has forced the Irish hotel industry to rethink its strategy for generating business and look for solutions that add value and enable their business to be remodelled, re-engineered and strategically repositioned for growth.
“Hotels looking to secure business at a sustainable cost of sale can now avail of new online channels to market” he added.
In recent weeks, Avvio has powered two new hospitality websites, which offer hundreds of deals on hotel rooms across Ireland.
Hoteldeals.ie, developed by Irish hotel consultant David O’Connor, features a range of deals on spa weekends, dinner specials, golf breaks, mid week and weekend breaks, as well as a host of last minute offers. Already a large number of Irish hotels have signed up to the service and the site will continue developing its hotel base over the next number of months.
Meanwhile, Avvio has signed a contract with one of Ireland’s leading Corporate Hotel Booking and Venue Search companies, MustBook.ie, to power its hotel booking service for corporate clients. This is the first online booking system of its kind in Ireland specifically for the corporate market. At a time when companies are coming under increasing pressure to reduce costs, the free online booking and venue search service is already attracting interest from hundreds of companies and organisations.
“The success, to date, of these two websites is evidence of the accommodation sector’s shared desire and ability to adapt to new challenges,”
He continued, “The sector has realised that it cannot afford to jeopardise Ireland's attractiveness as a tourist destination at a time when economists are issuing almost daily warnings of an extended economic slowdown. The provision of demand-led room rates across the board is helping to strengthen the considerable efforts of regional and national tourism promotional agencies in showcasing Ireland to the domestic and overseas markets, and thus will bring long-term benefits for the entire accommodation sector and the wider economy."
Avvio, which boasts over 700 clients, began trading in February 2002 and currently employs over 40 people at its offices in Limerick and Dublin, as well as having a sales presence in London and Bangkok. The firm delivers online results for some of Ireland’s best-known hotels, including Ashford Castle, Dromoland Castle, The Merrion Hotel, The K Club, The Dylan, Bewley’s Hotels and Moran Hotels.
Meanwhile, Avvio this week announced plans to expand its own International and domestic operations through a Business Expansion Scheme.
Mr. Collins said, “In order to accelerate the deployment of our offering through strategic international partnerships and channels, both geographically and vertically, we are seeking capital to move us into a higher gear now.”
“We will accelerate our growth by doubling the business in size every year for each of the next three years, executing a global franchise model over the next year, continuing to invest up to 20% of turnover in world class R&D, partnering with the best and most cost effective local partners for non-software services; and achieving Return on Investment on a par with blue chip tech companies,” commented Mr. Collins.
He pointed out, “Avvio is a wholly owned Irish company that has managed to double turnover in each of the last two years, has continued to invest heavily in world class software and services, and has expanded its team from 25 at the start of the year to 43 skilled professionals, all of whom have been trained up to the level we need to compete in International markets.”
Mr. Collins said that the firm had also appointed a reseller in Asia and has been encouraged by some early sales wins from the region.
“We hosted a highly successful stand at the biggest trade and travel fair in Europe in London last month where we launched our new brand, the fruits of which we expect to see in early 2009. We are also continuing to work closely with a network of strategic advisors in the UK.”
With its Business Expansion Scheme, Avvio is seeking a minimum investment of EUR5,000 from external investors, with a deadline of December 31st. Further information on Avvio is available from LoCall 1890 302000, firstname.lastname@example.org or at www.avvio.com.
Notes to Editor:
- David Collins, Commercial Director, Avvio, is available for interview and further comment. Photo opportunities can be arranged on request. High-resolution images of Mr. David Collins are also available. Please contact Mark Dunphy of Dunphy Public Relations on 086-8534900.
- Two Limerick brothers own Avvio. Brian Reeves (Managing Director) and Frank Reeves (Technical Director) were previously shortlisted for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
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