Articles tagged “tencent”

China’s Tencent Partners With Helsinki to Help Chinese Travelers Live Like Locals

China’s Tencent Partners With Helsinki to Help Chinese Travelers Live Like Locals

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Chinese travelers are the world's largest outbound travel market. With the launch of Helsinki's WeChat collaboration, it seems the days of asking them to pay cash in a destination are numbered.

4 months ago

Tencent Leads $250 Million Funding in Chinese Travel Site Mafengwo

Tencent Leads $250 Million Funding in Chinese Travel Site Mafengwo

Lulu Yilun Chen, Bloomberg

Mafengwo’s latest funding comes as the online site signs a deal with Tongcheng-Elong to build a one-stop shop for users to book hotels and flights faster on its platform. The competition is heating up.

5 months ago

Ctrip and Tencent Team Up for IPO to Back Emerging Chinese Travel Brand

Ctrip and Tencent Team Up for IPO to Back Emerging Chinese Travel Brand

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It appeared several years ago that Ctrip had locked up the Chinese online travel market when it took control of Qunar and Elong, but that ship has sailed. The emergence of Meituan and now Tongcheng-Elong's initial public offering make it clear that many players will scramble for market leadership.

11 months ago

American and Singapore Airlines Rework Loyalty Programs for China’s Alibaba

American and Singapore Airlines Rework Loyalty Programs for China’s Alibaba

Daniel Meesak, Jing Travel

Just when you might have thought the Chinese online travel market might be stabilizing because Ctrip bought a couple of major competitors, along comes Tencent's Meituan Travel and Alibaba's Fliggy. The latter appeals to a younger demographic, a fact that many airlines may find especially appealing.

1 year ago

WeChat to Smooth China’s Border Process for Travelers Between Hong Kong and Mainland

WeChat to Smooth China’s Border Process for Travelers Between Hong Kong and Mainland

Lulu Yilun Chen, Bloomberg

When people pass between Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland China, they have to present border documents, called permits. A new feature on the popular WeChat app could replace the need for the documents someday, according to a proposal. Here's hoping.

1 year ago

Airbnb Nearly Merged With Chinese Rival Tujia in 2017

Airbnb Nearly Merged With Chinese Rival Tujia in 2017

Shelly Banjo and Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg

If we were Booking or HomeAway, we'd probably read this and see a big opportunity here.

1 year ago

Emerging Travel Giant Meituan Mulling $60 Billion IPO in Hong Kong

Emerging Travel Giant Meituan Mulling $60 Billion IPO in Hong Kong

Lulu Yilun Chen, Bloomberg

Among the many things on Uber's list of things to worry about, Meituan Dianping should be at or close to the top of that very long list.

2 years ago

CEO of WeChat Parent Backs Mobile Travel Docs to Ease Cross-Border Trips

CEO of WeChat Parent Backs Mobile Travel Docs to Ease Cross-Border Trips

Bloomberg

WeChat is headquartered close to Hong Kong so Tencent Chairman Ma Huateng advocates an electronic ID system and other measures that would enhance the integration of Hong Kong with China for the purposes of trade, commerce, employment and travel. Many in Hong Kong would rather be less-integrated and more independent.

2 years ago

China Super-App WeChat Is Essential for Travel Brands Breaking Into the Market

China Super-App WeChat Is Essential for Travel Brands Breaking Into the Market

Meghan Carty, Skift

China’s number one super app, WeChat, has helped its parent company, Tencent, become the most valuable social network company in the world. With this upward momentum, the app shows great potential for travel brands looking to enter the China market, as long as they formulate a thoughtful strategy going in.

2 years ago

New Skift Research Report: WeChat Strategies for Global Travel Brands 2018

New Skift Research Report: WeChat Strategies for Global Travel Brands 2018

Meghan Carty, Skift

WeChat may be key for travel brands and destinations looking to appeal to Chinese outbound travelers. However, brands need to go beyond simply copying and pasting content from western social media to see the kind of payoff they are hoping for.

2 years ago

Ctrip-Backed Chinese Booking Sites Plan Merger

Ctrip-Backed Chinese Booking Sites Plan Merger

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Ctrip – with the help of some useful allies – continues to dominate China's fast-expanding travel industry. It will be interesting to see whether 2018 brings further expansion into Europe and North America.

2 years ago

WeChat Debuts Tools to Make It Easier for Tourism Boards to Create Microsites

WeChat Debuts Tools to Make It Easier for Tourism Boards to Create Microsites

Dan Peltier, Skift

Many tourism boards now have entire teams dedicated to China and WeChat. It's a very complex task for foreigners to get the content right, but it appears as though WeChat parent Tencent is trying to make the platform more accessible for tourism boards.

2 years ago