accesso Acquires Global Distribution System for Entertainment Ticketing.

**accesso** Acquires Global Distribution System for Entertainment Ticketing.

LON­DON (30-March-2017) acces­so Tech­nol­o­gy Group plc (AIM: ACSO), the pre­mier tech­nol­o­gy solu­tions provider to leisure, enter­tain­ment and cul­tur­al mar­kets, is pleased to announce the acqui­si­tion of Ingres­so Group Lim­it­ed, a glob­al dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem for enter­tain­ment ticketing.

Found­ed and head­quar­tered in the UK, Ingres­so pro­vides live access to tick­et­ed events world­wide across mul­ti­ple plat­forms, lan­guages and cur­ren­cies. Ingres­so owns and oper­ates a soft­ware plat­form which enables venue oper­a­tors, event pro­duc­ers and inven­to­ry aggre­ga­tors to offer real-time dig­i­tal sales through glob­al third par­ty dis­tri­b­u­tion chan­nels. Ingres­so also con­nects some of the world’s largest eCom­merce com­pa­nies to event tick­et­ing sys­tems, allow­ing them to sell tick­ets to enter­tain­ment events under their own brand and pay­ment sys­tems. It counts Last​minute​.com, Cirque du Soleil, Ama­zon tick­ets (UK) and Yplan among its inter­na­tion­al part­ner base. Ingres­so also facil­i­tates B2C sales of tick­et­ed events though a range of white-label part­ner eCom­merce sites.

Acqui­si­tion Highlights

The Direc­tors believe that the Acqui­si­tion will:

- Fur­ther deep­en accesso’s abil­i­ty to help its cus­tomers dri­ve effi­cien­cy and real­ize greater val­ue from their tick­et­ing operations;

- Open up a sig­nif­i­cant­ly larg­er glob­al dis­tri­b­u­tion chan­nel through which exist­ing acces­so cus­tomers can seek to sell their event and attrac­tion tickets;

- Pro­vide Ingres­so with a sig­nif­i­cant­ly larg­er glob­al dis­tri­b­u­tion chan­nel through which exist­ing acces­so cus­tomers can seek to see their event and attrac­tion tickets;

- Open up oppor­tu­ni­ties for acces­so to address sig­nif­i­cant inef­fi­cien­cies with­in the trav­el and leisure indus­try and help clients cap­ture more rev­enue from third par­ty dis­tri­b­u­tion channels 

Com­ment­ing on the Acqui­si­tion, Tom Bur­net, Exec­u­tive Chair­man of acces­so said:

Our guid­ing pur­pose at Acces­so is to help our clients dri­ve rev­enue and improve their guest expe­ri­ence. It has been that way from our very first day as a com­pa­ny and today’s acqui­si­tion of Ingres­so deep­ens that com­mit­ment fur­ther still. The tick­et and the expe­ri­ence sur­round­ing its pur­chase are absolute­ly cen­tral to our cus­tomers’ oper­a­tions and our poten­tial for growth. For many of our cus­tomers, access to third par­ty dis­tri­b­u­tion chan­nels for tick­et sales is an impor­tant rev­enue stream. In acquir­ing Ingres­so, we will help con­nect venues with their vis­i­tors via third par­ty dis­tri­b­u­tion out­lets in a tech­no­log­i­cal­ly and finan­cial­ly effi­cient ser­vice-mind­ed man­ner. We will open up our cus­tomers’ venues to a sig­nif­i­cant­ly larg­er pool of poten­tial vis­i­tors, while also cre­at­ing new oppor­tu­ni­ties for growth through com­bin­ing our plat­forms, lever­ag­ing our scale and deep­en­ing our rela­tion­ships in the industry.”

Com­ment­ing on the Acqui­si­tion, Steve Brown, Pres­i­dent and Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of acces­so said:

Third par­ty sales chan­nels are more pop­u­lar than ever before as a means for con­sumers to pur­chase tick­ets to their favorite show, attrac­tion or event. With the addi­tion of Ingresso’s tech­nol­o­gy and exper­tise, we have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to trans­form a process through­out the world­wide leisure and enter­tain­ment indus­try that today is com­pli­cat­ed, inef­fi­cient and large­ly man­u­al. This acqui­si­tion is anoth­er step for­ward in our efforts to deliv­er val­ue-added solu­tions that help our cus­tomers dri­ve more rev­enue and improve their guests’ expe­ri­ence. I would like to extend a warm wel­come to all of our new Ingres­so col­leagues, clients and partners.”

Bart Van Schriek, Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of Ingres­so added:

Along with the entire Ingres­so team, I am thrilled to be join­ing Acces­so. The cul­tures and val­ues of our two com­pa­nies are very sim­i­lar: both inno­v­a­tive, both pas­sion­ate about the cus­tomers we serve and both absolute­ly con­vinced of the poten­tial our tech­nolo­gies have to cre­ate a new wave of val­ue at all lev­els of the enter­tain­ment indus­try. I look for­ward to work­ing with our new col­leagues as we roll up our sleeves and take on the sig­nif­i­cant oppor­tu­ni­ty ahead of us.

To learn more about Ingres­so, vis­it http://​www​.ingres​so​.co​.uk/.