UPDATE2: Busy day down under. HotelsCombined has also just picked up the hotel business for Dohop, the European engine’s first foray into accommodation search.
UPDATE: Although the eLong deal is HotelsCombined’s first with an online travel agency in China, a HotelsCombined spokeswoman says the company is “definitely in talks with Ctrip,” as well.
The original post follows:
Hotel metaseach website Hotelscombined struck a distribution deal with China’s second largest online travel agency, eLong.
The agreement, once it is implemented, will more than double HotelsCombined’s hotel coverage in China to around 11,000 hotels, up from the current 5,000, the companies say.
eLong is the first Chinese online travel agency that HotelsCombined searches for hotel pricing. Until, when retrieving results for hotels in China, Hotelscombined searched sites such as Travelocity, HotelClub, Booking.com, HRS.com and EasyClickTravel.com.
HotelsCombined`s wider reach into China`s hotels will benefit global users of its price-comparison service, affiliates, and also Chinese users of HotelsCombined.cn.