British Prime Minister Theresa May has met with Ctrip CEO Jane Sun during the PM’s visit to the far east as part of the China-UK Business Forum.
As the largest online travel agent in Asia and the second largest in the world, Ctrip attended the China-UK Business Forum at which Ms Sun shared her thoughts on China-UK travel and how big data and technology can help to enhance the travel experience.
Ctrip is strongly committed to making heavy investment in A- Artificial Intelligence, B- Big Data, C- Cloud Computing and using technology to promote China-UK tourism – to promote international cultural exchange and global peace
In her speech addressed to British business leaders as part of the trade delegation led by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Ms Sun said, “Ctrip is strongly committed to making heavy investment in A- Artificial Intelligence, B- Big Data, C- Cloud Computing and using technology to promote China-UK tourism – to promote international cultural exchange and global peace.”
Demonstrating the company’s interest in the old continent and the UK, Ctrip purchased Europe’s meta search Skyscanner at the end of 2016 for US$1.7 billion. Aimed at providing over 300 million registered members with a one-stop travel experience, Ctrip says its close cooperation with Skyscanner not only helps to improve services and diversify products but also reflects the benefits of joint efforts and positive business connections with the United Kingdom.
Although we speak different languages and come from different backgrounds, we are able to realise the power of technology as we work side by side with one another
Speaking about collaborations with Skyscanner, Ms Sun added, “Although we speak different languages and come from different backgrounds, we are able to realise the power of technology as we work side by side with one another.” With technology and innovation being main focuses in China and the United Kingdom, it is these common goals that break the limits set by borders.
Ctrip’s Destination Marketing and VisitBritain have reached a strategic partnership which will be focusing on raising brand awareness, expanding UK product distribution channels as well as promoting UK as a destination for Chinese outbound travellers. From the “2017 China-Europe Tourism Market Data Report”, United Kingdom is the third most popular country in Europe. With a large increase in airline ticket sales and continuous growth of outbound tourist numbers, Ctrip continues to play a crucial role in promoting travel and understanding between the two countries.