Welsh tech entrepreneur receives world travel leader award

Welsh tech entrepreneur Simon Powell has received the prestigious World Travel Leader award at the World Travel Market exhibition in London.

Powell, who is CEO of Cardiff-headquartered software company Inspiretec, has been recognised for outstanding contribution to the travel industry over the past two years.

He was nominated by TM Media Partners and an independent voting panel for not only developing leading travel solutions but also helping to create sustainable jobs in Wales at Inspiretec.

Commenting on the award, Simon said: “The world travel market is the leading global event within the travel industry, attending and exhibiting the show has always been a personal highlight.

“I am delighted to be the only individual within the travel technology sector to win this year’s World Travel Leader award, I look forward to continuing my work within this exciting and growing industry”

Following the award ceremony, Simon took part in a discussion panel with other senior industry leaders. He reflected on his experience of growing a tech company in Wales and spoke about the future of the global travel sector.

November is set to be a big month for Simon and Inspiretec, with the company attending the Travolution awards. It’s been shortlisted for four trophies, including Best Technology Provider.

Over the past twelve months, Inspiretec has signed new clients and embarked on an extensive recruitment campaign. The firm is recruiting for a range of roles, including a new intake of graduates for its 2019 programme.

Just over a year ago, Inspiretec merged with travel tech business Comtek – catering for clients such as Shearings Holidays and the Caravan and Motorhome Club.

At the time, Powell said: “Since we invested heavily in bringing a number of companies into our organisation, our capabilities, experience and expertise has increased dramatically.

“On top of the back-end and reservations platform that Comtec is renowned for, we now have complex CRM and web personalisation product developed through our Eysys offering.

“Inspiretec will connect both aspects, and will be joined by specialist web design agency Sequence and Canadian travel loyalty specialist Incentriq, as we marry our offerings under one roof.”