What would you do if you arrived late for your flight and learned from the airport official that the gates are closed for departure? Would you go on a rampage and break the systems at the gate?
Yesterday, Baidu, China’s largest search engine, trumpeted the astonishing growth of its travel site Qunar, which in the fourth quarter became Chinaâ€™s largest internet retailer of airline tickets â€” overtaking Ctrip, the dominant OTA.
This month, 2,000 HomeAway listings have been translated to Mandarin and posted on TuJia, China’s leading vacation rental portal. It’s the first part of an Asia expansion.
Some hard facts: around 800 million new air travellers are expected to be flying from 2009 to 2014, with at least a quarter coming from China.
Many in the travel industry have heard about China travel deregulation, but not everyone understands what it actually means to them.
Some interesting facts were revealed at the three-day forum in Macao, China’s first 1,000-person global travel conference, and more items in our daily roundup.
Starting in October, China will relax its regulations and allow foreign GDSs to serve Chinese travel agents for ticketing international flights.
In fifteen years, the Chinese middle class will reach 800 million, up from 300 million today. Over the next five years, affluent Chinese consumers will grow from four million to 20 million.