Avvio marks UK growth by upsizing London offices

Paul Stevens By Paul Stevens
20 June 2019 | Updated 20 June 2019

UK: Global technology provider Avvio has upsized its London offices and is making a number of key appointments as it continues its global growth project.

Located in the heart of the capital - nestled between Charing Cross and Leicester Square - Avvio's new UK base is twice as big as the company's previous residence and reflects its significant expansion in recent years, as well as its ambitious plans for the future.

Over the past 18 months, Avvio has welcomed 29 starters to its global team and is currently in the process of hiring five more team members. Recent appointments include senior business development executive Andrea Knezevic and creative designer Diyana Abbas Ali.

Avvio's software development team, which is based at the company's Irish HQ in Limerick, has also been expanded with developer starters Dean Maloney and Krzysztof Korpys joining the company at the beginning of the year.

Maloney and Korpys will work closely with the Avvio's hotel customers and industry partners to create and launch innovative features for the company's award-winning AI booking engine, enabling continued growth for hotel revenue and direct bookings.

Avvio has recently implemented more updates to its AI platform Allora with a newly-created tool which allows potential guests to unlock discounts on available rates or access hidden rates.

Rate parity rules mean hoteliers often cannot offer rates lower than those available on third-party online travel agents (OTAs). However, the latest feature on the booking engine means guests can sign up to be part of a closed user group to which the hotelier is free to offer additional incentives not otherwise available to the general public.

The feature reflects Avvio's commitment to providing its customers with the latest technology empowering them to personalise their offerings, bringing added value and driving guest loyalty.

Despite the uncertainty prevailing in the industry as a result of the political climate, Avvio claims to be continuing to nurture a strong and growing UK customer base.

Speaking about the partnership with Avvio, David Collins, Great National Group co-founder and chief operating officer, said: "Avvio has been our digital technology partner for almost a decade, a partnership which has been central to enabling Great National to become one of the UK and Ireland's leading and fastest growing independent hotel brands."

Robert Speirs, marketing manager at Cheval Residences, said: "Our arrangement with Avvio is a long-term partnership rather than a one-off delivery of a software package, which is a much more effective way of working. The support provided with digital campaigns and market intelligence is also invaluable."

Avvio CEO and co-founder, Frank Reeves, said: "We're thrilled to be celebrating such significant company growth with the move to bigger offices in London. Avvio's new London base demonstrates our commitment for supporting our customers across the UK in the future.

"It's wonderful to have welcomed new talent to our teams, as well as our increased investment in software development which will bolster our position as a leading global hospitality technology provider," he added.

For more information, visit the Avvio website here.

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