Global ticket firm to create 'hundreds' of new jobs
Published 03/07/2014 | 02:30
A major online ticketing company has announced plans to open an international operations centre in Limerick later this year.
The Viagogo Group, which operates the online ticketing marketplace viagogo.com, will be hiring hundreds of staff when it opens the doors to its new international headquarters in Limerick city.
The company has already hired a number of staff at a temporary facility in the city prior to the official opening, the date of which has not been announced.
Edward Parkinson, Operations Manager for the Viagogo Group, said: "We reviewed many locations for our latest operations centre but we chose Limerick for its reputation as a place of excellence and local talent. We have already recruited in the tens but numbers are expected to reach the hundreds in due course."
The company is especially interested in hiring people who are fluent in German, French, Italian and Spanish to work in a variety of technical and customer service roles.
Its online platform buys and sells tickets to major sporting, entertainment and theatre events in 100 countries worldwide.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, who announced the new centre yesterday, said the company's choice of Limerick as the location for its international operations centre reinforces Ireland's reputation as the "internet capital of Europe".
"Most of the top names on the internet have chosen Ireland as their European base and these companies employ thousands of people here. Today's announcement that Viagogo is establishing its international operations centre in Limerick is a great boost and shows what is possible across the country with companies like this. I wish Viagogo every success with this new project."
Barry O'Leary, IDA Ireland chief executive, said: "Companies are attracted to Limerick for a variety of reasons – access to excellent talent from the University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology, as well as proximity to international routes in Shannon being but a few examples."
Meanwhile, Shannon Airport welcomed the announcement that one of the world's leading operators in the aircraft parts industry, Aero-Zone, is to launch its European headquarters in the Shannon free trade zone.
The American-based company provides new and aftermarket parts for commercial, corporate and general aviation aircraft.