Ctrip releases half-year plan to aid China business travel recovery


Ctrip Corporate Travel is working with more than 20 airlines, hotel and car hire provider partners on a half-year plan to spur business travel recovery, according to a recent press statement.

One hotel partner that the company is working with is Shenzhen-based Vienna Hotels Group. And Ctrip’s plans involve promotions designed to help business clients reduce travel costs.

Fang: China’s domestic business travel sector is getting back on track

For example, Ctrip Corporate Travel clients who stay in the group’s hotels are privy to exclusive benefits, such as late check-out, room upgrades, deposit waver, complimentary breakfast and parking, and special room rates.

Other accommodation partners include Chinese hotel groups BTG Homeinns Hotels Group and Dossen International Group, as well as international hotel groups Accor and InterContinental Hotels Group.

On the airline front, Ctrip is working with Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and seven other airlines to offer discounted rates on more than 300 business travel routes. Points of origin include major commercial cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

As for the car hire market, the first shoots of recovery are expected to be seen in short intracity trips, according to Ctrip.

In light of this, the company is working with Hangzhou-based Cao Cao Mobility, Beijing-based Shouqi Limousine & Chauffeur, and other Chinese car hire companies, to offer promotions on airport transfer service, car charter service and point-to-point service.

Fang Jiqin, senior vice president, Ctrip Group, and CEO, Ctrip Corporate Travel, shared that the transaction volume of flights, hotel rooms and car hire services within China – as purchased among SMEs and according to latest figures provided by Ctrip – have risen by about 20 to 30 per cent per sector since July.

An upward trend was also seen in terms of gross merchandise value (GMV), noted Fang, who reckoned that the figures indicate that recovery is strengthening.

Translated by Angela Teo; this article was first published in TTG China.

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