Articles tagged “tencent”

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.

3 months 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.

6 months 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.

6 months 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.

8 months 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.

9 months 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.

10 months 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.

10 months 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.

11 months 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.

11 months ago

Travel Is the Next Battleground for China’s Tech Titans

Travel Is the Next Battleground for China’s Tech Titans

Bloomberg

Meituan may have the ambition and the consumers, but so did Amazon in the U.S. Ctrip should not be underestimated.

1 year ago

Travel Tech Corporate Investment Doubled in 2015

Travel Tech Corporate Investment Doubled in 2015

CB Insights

The activity is centered primarily on startups that have already shown promise — not the early stage players.

3 years ago

Ctrip Would Only Grow Stronger With a Tencent Takeover of Elong

Ctrip Would Only Grow Stronger With a Tencent Takeover of Elong

Belinda Cao, Bloomberg

Qunar is no doubt watching these moves very, very closely.

3 years ago