According to Ctrip, China’s largest online travel agency, Europe is one of the top destinations for Chinese travelers, with Chinese travelers making over 5 million trips to Europe in 2016. In 2017, Europe is gaining even more attention from Chinese travelers with bookings to some countries expected to grow by 100% to 1000%.
As next year will be the China-EU Tourism Year, Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, voiced hope that tourism would inject more energy to Europe’s economic development. He also said that there is a big potential to promote Chinese trips among the Europeans.
Meanwhile, Ctrip remains positive about China’s inbound tourism by deepening its strategic layout in European market. Last year Ctrip acquired UK based world’s leading travel search platform Skyscanner. Currently via its multi-language websites and mobile APP, Ctrip is providing booking services to its customers all over the world, including air tickets of 425 airlines to more than 5,000 cities worldwide.
“Ctrip’s mission is to make travel more convenient and bring the world closer together. Beyond that, we also hope to bridge the Eastern and the Western cultures, and promote peace around the world through international travel.” Said Jane at her keynote speech at the internet summit held by the European Parliament.
Before the summit, Jane met with Kris Peeters, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Employment during her visit in Brussels.
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About Ctrip.com International, Ltd.
Ctrip.com International, Ltd. is a leading travel service provider of accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours and corporate travel management in China. It is the largest online consolidator of accommodations and transportation tickets in China in terms of transaction volume. Ctrip enables business and leisure travelers to make informed and cost-effective bookings by aggregating comprehensive travel related information and offering its services through an advanced transaction and service platform consisting of its mobile apps, Internet websites and centralized, toll-free, 24-hour customer service center. Ctrip also helps customers book vacation packages and guided tours. In addition, through its corporate travel management services, Ctrip helps corporate clients effectively manage their travel requirements. Since its inception in 1999, Ctrip has experienced substantial growth and become one of the best-known travel brands in China.
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