Travel e-commerce set for a big leap in China as intermediaries invest aggressively

By Ritesh Gupta

China’s e-commerce sector continues to shine. According to the Ministry of Commerce People’s Republic of China, the trade volume of China’s e-commerce in the first half year reached 5.66 trillion yuan, up 30.1% year on year. Online retail market reached 1.1 trillion yuan, up 33.4% year on year, accounting for 8.4% of the total retail sales of consumer goods of the first half year.

As for the online travel sector, the category is around 15 years old but still ...

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Assessing why Skyscanner is optimistic about a fruitful presence in China

Interesting battles lines are being drawn as the online travel market in China is witnessing strong interest from international players. TravelDaily.cn assesses how Skyscanner hopes to strengthen its presence via its acquisition of Youbibi

By Ritesh Gupta

 

Travel e-commerce category in China has proved to be a major conundrum for most of the intermediaries till date.

An intermediary has to sort out of a gamut of complex operational issues before it can achieve profitability. All multinational players acknowledge the same, as many have ...

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Ctrip asserts supremacy with its performance, gears up for deeper penetration 

Chinese OTA Ctrip is building the accelerated growth momentum shown by the strong results in the recent quarters. And going forward, it is targeting even a bigger slice of the total pie.

By Ritesh Gupta, TravelDaily.cn Correspondent

 

If there is one entity in the Chinese travel e-commerce category that stands out for its sustained investment, operational efficiency and profitability, then it has to be Ctrip.

While international brands struggle to establish a feasible business model, Ctrip is persistently expanding its reach, with sustained product ...

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Planning to step into China as a meta-search brand? Be ready for the grind

Established meta-search brands including KAYAK and Skyscanner are set to foray into China. TravelDaily.cn explores what to expect as these entities enter with contrasting market entry strategies

Traveldaily.cn Exclusive: By Ritesh Gupta

Travel meta-search continues to spread its tentacles as established players look beyond the US and Europe for expansion. This trend is paving way for intriguing battles in several markets.

China is a prime example of this phenomenon.

With KAYAK targeting China with a local site, and Skyscanner opting to acquire Chinese meta-search specialist ...

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KAYAK’s plan for China – count on repertoire of tools and “fail fast, fail often” mentality

 KAYAK’s plan for China – count on repertoire of tools and “fail fast, fail often” mentality

Traveldaily.cn Exclusive: Interview with Debby Soo, VP, Asia Pacific at KAYAK

In every business, there are decisive moments that eventually signal the beginning of a new era.  

One just can’t stop relating this to what KAYAK is considering, and its repercussion for the entire travel meta-search category.

Yes, it’s about KAYAK’s foray into China. It is ...

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