One of Australia’s top 20 tech pioneers, SiteMinder, the leading cloud platform for the hotel industry, is to create 100 new jobs in Galway.
The investment comes one month ahead of SiteMinder achieving its 10-year milestone to support 20,000 hotel customers around the world.
Galway will complement SiteMinder’s existing EMEA headquarters in London to service hotels both within the region and around the world, and to form the company’s fifth office alongside Bangkok, Dallas and Sydney.
‘Galway is fast becoming a tech hub and SiteMinder is an exciting addition with the creation of at least 100 jobs, which will benefit the entire region and have a positive knock-on effect’
– MARY MITCHELL O’CONNOR, MINISTER FOR JOBS, ENTERPRISE AND INNOVATION
Europe constitutes the greatest proportion of SiteMinder’s total customer base and, with the continent expected to become the first to see offline overtaken by online as the primary booking method for travel products by the end of 2017, the company anticipates vigorous growth will continue to come from the region over the coming years.
“We are delighted to join the thriving technology hub of Galway, which we have identified to be greatly aligned with our company’s culture and mission of providing terrific career opportunities for local talent who are passionate about technology and can benefit from an attractive lifestyle and work-life balance,” said Dai Williams, managing director for EMEA at SiteMinder.
“It will also allow us to further fuel the success of our multilingual sales and customer support teams servicing hotels located in Europe and all corners of the globe.”
The Galway tech hub grows
SiteMinder’s customer base in Ireland includes Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel and The K Club, as well as Galway’s own The Connacht Hotel and The G Hotel and Spa.
The tourism sector supports approximately 224,000 jobs in Ireland, to constitute 11pc of the country’s total employment.
“This company, a leading cloud platform for hotels, including a number of Irish hotels, adds to the growing number of technology companies that have located in Galway, further enhancing the region as a great location for this sector,” the CEO of IDA Ireland Martin Shanahan said.
“A key focus for IDA is bringing investment to regional locations and this announcement is testament to the success of that strategy.”
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, said the jobs will be ideal for talented and ambitious graduates.
“Galway is fast becoming a tech hub and SiteMinder is an exciting addition with the creation of at least 100 jobs, which will benefit the entire region and have a positive knock-on effect.
“As minister, my priority is to ensure an environment for jobs growth is developed right across the country and, in particular, the regions of Ireland,” O’Connor said.
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