Some 129 million outbound trips were recorded in 2017, 45.8 million more than 2012. The number of inbound tourists rose 7% from five years ago to reach 139 million last year.
Despite the occasionally cordial "partnering" rhetoric between the major hotel brands and OTAs, this is an existential battle on business models, advertising spend and traveler loyalty.
Last summer, four expense management companies — Certify, Nexonia, ExpenseWatch and Tallie – merged in order to mount a challenge to Concur.
For the past two weeks, ChinaTravelNews reported on how Chinese tourists affect the travel sector, a series of Ctrip’s moves, and news of major players Meituan, Tencent and Airbnb.
Hopper, the flight booking application that offers predictive pricing analytics, has launched Hopper Hotels, a new component to the that allows users to book accommodation.
With over a month to go, China is already gearing up for the Spring Festival Travel Rush. Railway tickets are now on sale, and much of the ticketing is done online.
UnionPay International has reported ‘record growth’ over the recent holiday season, which it partly attributes to the increasing number of Chinese tourists using its cards and mobile payment services.
Skyscanner staff are being offered subsidised travel to China to come up with ideas on how the online travel search specialist can grow its presence in the country.
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