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Asia-Pacific online travel sales tipped to overtake North America
Asia-Pacific online travel sales tipped to overtake North America
By Kevin May | July 15, 2016
Next year could be a landmark one in the evolution of online travel as sales in Asia-Pacific surpass those in North America for the first time. Research house eMarketer has forecast that online tra Read More
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Qunar could follow eLong's lead and go private
Qunar could follow eLong's lead and go private
By Martin Cowen | June 23, 2016
Chinese OTA Qunar has received a "going private" offer from a unit of Chinese travel investment specialists Ocean Imagination. The offer of $10.12 per ordinary share is a 15% premium on the previou Read More
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Ctrip invests in outbound; Qunar back in the air
Ctrip invests in outbound; Qunar back in the air
By Martin Cowen | June 17, 2016
China's leading online travel agency Ctrip is getting bigger by the quarter, with Qunar helping some but not all of its business lines achieve high double-digit growth in the first three months of the Read More
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Ctrip Group lifts GMV 2020 projection to around $200 billion
Ctrip Group lifts GMV 2020 projection to around $200 billion
By Martin Cowen | March 17, 2016
At ITB last week, Ctrip's head of international hotels talked about "the Ctrip family" and last night the three Chinese members- Ctrip, eLong and Qunar - issued their 2015 fourth quarter and full year Read More
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How can global OTAs grow in China?
How can global OTAs grow in China?
By Viewpoints | January 21, 2016
Ctrip's investment in India's MakeMyTrip could be a sign that China's online travel agents are starting the flex their muscles and build a presence on the global stage, but how does it work the other Read More
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US class action lawyers add to Qunar's woes
US class action lawyers add to Qunar's woes
By Martin Cowen | January 7, 2016
Qunar's management shake-up announced this week, which coincided with a 16% drop in its share price on the day, has caught the attention of a New York-based "corporate litigation boutique" law firm. Read More
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Two major Chinese airlines shut up their Qunar shop
Two major Chinese airlines shut up their Qunar shop
By Viewpoints | January 5, 2016
Qunar is rarely out of the headlines these days as the market attempts to understand the implications of its new equity and business relationship with Ctrip. This week Qunar announced that its CEO Read More
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Qunar rings the C-suite changes
Qunar rings the C-suite changes
By Martin Cowen | January 4, 2016
Qunar has promoted its head of mobile to chief executive officer with immediate effect as part of a New Year management shake-up which sees current CEO and co-founder Chenchao “CC” Zhuang become a spe Read More
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Pivotal moments 2015 - the Ctrip Baidu Qunar share swap
Pivotal moments 2015 - the Ctrip Baidu Qunar share swap
By Martin Cowen | December 29, 2015
Ctrip ending up with a big stake in Qunar, thanks to a share swap with Qunar's majority shareholder Baidu, which now owns 25% of Ctrip, could be the 2015 deal in China which has the most meaningful lo Read More
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Alibaba's Alitrip has a distinctive travel model
Alibaba's Alitrip has a distinctive travel model
By Sean O'Neil | November 25, 2015
A little more than a year ago, Alibaba, a giant Chinese e-commerce company, rebranded its travel booking website as Alitrip (去啊) -- and made it a separate unit. Unlike its well-funded rivals, Alitr Read More
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Qunar brings its mobile dominance to the Ctrip party
Qunar brings its mobile dominance to the Ctrip party
By Martin Cowen | November 25, 2015
Mobile revenues for Qunar  in the July-September period accounted for around three-quarters of its total, driven by new users transacting via its apps. For the quarter, revenues from mobile came in Read More
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eLong fights on, still no decision on Tencent and Ctrip's offer
eLong fights on, still no decision on Tencent and Ctrip's offer
By Martin Cowen | November 19, 2015
Revenues at China's mobile-focussed hotel platform eLong are back in positive territory, with management confident it can survive internal and external pressure. There remains a big question mark o Read More
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Ctrip vocal on outbound, quiet on Qunar, says Chinese market still small
Ctrip vocal on outbound, quiet on Qunar, says Chinese market still small
By Martin Cowen | November 19, 2015
Ctrip has given more airtime than usual to its outbound travel presence, telling analysts on its Q3 earnings call about triple-digit growth across all its international business lines. In his prepa Read More
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Baidu dripfeeds hints of Qunar and Ctrip future - is Uber lurking?
Baidu dripfeeds hints of Qunar and Ctrip future - is Uber lurking?
By Martin Cowen | October 30, 2015
Timing is everything. Baidu, the instigator, is the first of the three players in the Ctrip and Qunar share swap to release its Q2s. And there is some new information on the "business co-operation" Read More
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Alibaba flat-bats questions about Qunar and Ctrip share swap
Alibaba flat-bats questions about Qunar and Ctrip share swap
By Martin Cowen | October 28, 2015
Alibaba's Q2s contain some eye-watering bigger picture e-commerce numbers but its response to a question about this week's Qunar/Ctrip share swap added little to the sum of human knowledge. Earlier Read More
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