Travel tech firm OpenJaw to create at least 50 jobs in Ireland

Move is part of a wider plan to increase global workforce to 450 over next three years

Since its acquisition by Travel Sky, a move which gave the company proprietary access to the Chinese market, OpenJaw has been focused on growing market share in the country

Since its acquisition by Travel Sky, a move which gave the company proprietary access to the Chinese market, OpenJaw has been focused on growing market share in the country

 

Irish-based travel technology specialist OpenJaw Technologies is to create at least 50 jobs in Ireland as part of a wider plan to almost double its global workforce to 450 people over the next three years.

Established in 2002, the Dublin-headquartered firm was acquired by the Canadian tech company GuestLogix for $41.2 million (€36.8 million) in late 2014 before being resold to China’s Travel Sky Technology for an undisclosed sum a year ago.

OpenJaw provides online retail solutions to more than 40 of the world’s leading travel brands including Avis, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Iberia.

The company, which processes an annual gross transaction value of $2 billion via its platform, is based in Dublin with regional offices in Galway, Krakow, Madrid and Hong Kong.

Since its acquisition by Travel Sky, a move which gave the company proprietary access to the Chinese market, OpenJaw has been focused on growing market share in the country with plans to open a major R&D centre in Dalian net month.

“Our intention to expand our workforce globally is directly linked to the tremendous growth we are experiencing in Asia, especially in the domestic Chinese market,” said Kieron Branagan, OpenJaw’s chief executive.

The company said at least 50 of the new planned jobs will be in Dublin and Galway.

Mr Branagan said OpenJaw is looking for a wide range of talent including travel tech specialists and software engineers.