China’s AirBNB Tujia Merges Homestay Businesses Of Ctrip and Qunar

Tujia.com, which is often dubbed the AirBNB of China, announced Wednesday that it has entered into a strategic agreement with Ctrip and Qunar to merge vocation home rental businesses of the two Chinese online travel services. It represents another strategic move by Tujia after its purchase of the short-term rental platform Mayi.com this June. Through this acquisition, the homestay channels of…

Ctrip, Qunar End China’s Biggest Online Travel Rivalry With Multi-Billion Dollar Partnership

The spate of consolidations between Chinese tech companies continues as yet another industry rivalry is settled in a multi-billion dollar partnership. Ctrip.com International Ltd. and Baidu-backed Qunar Cayman Islands Ltd. have announced a matchup today that will have a valued worth of approximately $15.6 billion USD. Unlike other recent match-ups in the market, Qunar and Ctrip's partnership…

Market Expertise Still More Important Than Tech And Capital In China: Qunar Founder

Despite the fact that the Middle Kingdom is currently bursting with investment capital, the secret to successfully launching in China is still relationships and market knowledge, according to Qunar co-founder Frederick Demopoulos who spoke at TechCrunch Shanghai this Monday. Qunar, one of the country's largest travel service websites, is among the most successful foreign co-founded companies…

Blacklane Car Service To Launch In Chinese On Baidu-Backed Qunar

Blacklane founders: Frank Steuer and current CEO Jens Wohltorf. German chauffeur service Blacklane will be integrated with Chinese travel site Qunar in mid January, allowing travellers to access the service in Mandarin. The partnership comes as Baidu makes a large strategic investment in US car-hailing giant Uber, as well as an investment in local Chinese car service YongChe this August.…

Qunar or Alitrip: Which Will Be China’s Travel Taobao?

In yet another expansion into new markets, Alibaba launched Alitrip (or Qu'a (去啊) in Chinese) in late October. Like the e-commerce giant's other market places, Alitrip is a platform for travel agencies big and small to set up online storefronts. Vendors on Alitrip have the same resources as Taobao and Tmall retailers, such as Alipay payment options and Alibaba's huge user base. Alitrip is…

Qunar Joins Ongoing Open Platform Fight

Chinese online travel company Qunar launched a new cloud-based open platform recently, opening its data, access, resources, supply chain, customers, and capital to the entire travel industry. In terms of capital support, Qunar announced that it will provide a combined RMB1 billion (around US$161 million) incubation funding for projects under the platform. "We will offer RMB500,000 of funding for…

Chinese Travel Search Qunar Follows $15mn Series B Financing for Taxi-hailing App GrabTaxi

Chinese travel search Qunar (NYSE:QUNR) announced today it followed the $15 million Series B financing for GrabTaxi, a Singapore-based taxi-calling app targeting at Southeast Asia market. The round is led by GGV Capital with participation from existing investor Vertex Venture Holdings, which just invested an undisclosed amount of Series A financing a few months earlier. GrabTaxi is now…

Ctrip CEO Talks About Frienemy Qunar: Service Quality Differentiates Us

  Qunar, a travel search and service provider, went listed on the NYSE last week. Its shares soared 89% on the first day of trading. As Qunar became more than a search engine when it built a transaction system in 2012, it is believed it will eventually become direct competitors of existing online travel agencies such as Ctrip and eLong. With that concern, in early this year, a handful of…

Travel Search Qunar Sets IPO Price Range to Raise up to $147 million

    Qunar, China's leading travel search and online travel booking service, has set price range at  US$9.50 and US$11.50 per ADS that totals the funding to be raised in the initial public offering up to $146.9 million, according an updated file with the SEC. The number is higher than the previous, $125 million. The travel search filed for an NYSE IPO, under the ticker QUNR, early…

Qunar: A Proven Model of A Vertical Search Plus A Transaction-enabled Service?

When Baidu invested in Qunar in 2010 and asked about vertical search engines, Robin Li, CEO of Baidu, said he believed most users were lazy and would rather visit an all-in-one search service like Baidu for all types of information. Also he was confident that Baidu users would increasingly rely upon its service and brand. His comment on the Qunar deal was that it helped Baidu offer high-quality…