Trip.com Group said in its fourth-quarter earnings report that domestic business in China remained resilient and the international business continued to show strong recovery momentum.
Outbound air-ticket bookings and hotel bookings increased by over 200% and 140% year over year in the fourth quarter, respectively.
Overall air-ticket bookings on the Company's global platforms grew by 80% year over year in the fourth quarter.
"The year of 2022 marks a turning point for the global travel industry, with most of the travel restrictions and quarantine requirements in China being lifted in December and the global travel industry maintaining its robust recovery," said James Liang, Executive Chairman. "During the fourth quarter, the European and the U.S. markets made further progress towards normalcy while the Asia market was quickly picking up the pace. We have seen rapid growth for China's outbound travel since the beginning of 2023, showing a strong pent-up demand for outbound travel. We are excited about the opportunities ahead and are well-prepared to capture demands across our major markets."
The Company's domestic business was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the fourth quarter of 2022. Meanwhile, the Company's international business maintained its growth momentum as countries continued to open up and return to normalcy.
For the full year of 2022, net revenue was RMB20.0 billion (US$2.9 billion), which remained flat comparing to that for 2021. For the fourth quarter of 2022, Trip.com Group reported net revenue of RMB5.0 billion (US$729 million), representing a 7% increase from the same period in 2021.
Accommodation reservation revenue for the fourth quarter of 2022 was RMB1.7 billion (US$245 million), representing a 12% decrease from the same period in 2021 and a 42% decrease from the previous quarter, primarily due to the surges of COVID-19 infections in certain regions of China.
For the full year of 2022, accommodation reservation revenue was RMB7.4 billion (US$1.1 billion), representing a 9% decrease from 2021. The accommodation reservation revenue accounted for 37% of the total revenue in 2022 and 41% of the total revenue in 2021.
For the full year of 2022, sales and marketing expenses decreased by 14% to RMB4.3 billion (US$616 million) from 2021, which accounted for 21% of net revenue.
For the full year of 2022, net income was RMB1.4 billion (US$201 million), compared to net loss of RMB645 million in 2021.
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