Focus on Chinese Travelers Through Strategic Partnership
Announcing the partnership of Ctrip with Welcome Pickups signals the beginning of great cooperation between two like-minded companies, with the goal of delivering the best in-destination experience possible.
As Welcome accelerated their growth over 2017, they realized their need for strategic partners to better reach and accommodate those from Asia, planning travel abroad. Ctrip emerged as the ideal partner, with complementary brand values, customer focus, and mission to use technology to better connect travelers to their destination.
“In-destination spending accounts for 23% of the overall travel budget, after flights and accommodations. This category has traditionally been served by segmented providers, working independently in their markets. Welcome has created a holistic solution to unify the experience, benefiting both travelers and providers. We are looking forward to combining our technology with that of Ctrip’s in order to offer travelers the best experience in any Welcome Destination they wish to discover,” said Alex Trimis, Welcome CEO.
With the outbound Chinese market growing at a rate of +7% per year, this strategic partnership promises to bring a better in-destination experience to users of Ctrip’s booking platform. 2018 is expected to be the EU – China Tourism Year as agreed upon by the President of the European Commission and Chinese Prime Minister, in a joint effort to improve travel and tourism experiences, among other things.
“We are delighted to work with the Welcome Pickups team in providing a quality ground transportation service. Through this partnership, Ctrip has extended its service coverage and product offerings while maintaining the high standards our customers have come to expect. Further, both sides stand to gain from the exchange of valuable industry insights and best practice” said Christopher Boidy, Ctrip International Car Service. “We look forward to continuing to help Welcome Pickups expand into new customer markets as they play a supportive role in our internationalization strategy.”
Founded in 2015, Welcome has grown 300% year over year and currently operates in 18 destinations across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Welcome is creating a global brand and community built around a single touch-point that leverages technology to provide every traveler with the assistance and reassurance they need before, after and during their trip. Consistent with its mission to redefine the in-destination travel experience, Welcome is set to operate in 40 destinations by the end of 2018.
About Ctrip.com International, Ltd.
Ctrip.com International, Ltd. [NASDAQ: CTRP] is a leading travel service provider of accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours, and corporate travel management in China. It is the largest online consolidator of accommodations and transportation tickets in China in terms of transaction volume. Ctrip enables business and leisure travelers to make informed and cost-effective bookings by aggregating comprehensive travel related information and offering its services through an advanced transaction and service platform consisting of its mobile apps, Internet websites, and centralized, toll-free, 24-hour customer service center. Ctrip also helps customers’ book vacation packages and guided tours. In addition, through its corporate travel management services, Ctrip helps corporate clients effectively manage their travel requirements. Since its inception in 1999, Ctrip has experienced substantial growth and become one of the best-known travel brands in China.
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