Localized service underscored by partnership with eLong
BEIJING and BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov. 27 /CNW/ -- Expedia(R) Corporate Travel
(ECT), a full-service travel management company, today announced plans to
launch service in China through a strategic partnership with eLong, Inc.
Companies doing business in China will have access to fully localized service,
global reporting capabilities and an in-country call center that is staffed
with dedicated agents who speak both Mandarin and English.
A key part of Expedia Corporate Travel's commitment to the Chinese
marketplace is represented by a strategic partnership with eLong(TM), the
second largest online travel company in China. Since its inception, eLong has
built one of the broadest travel service distribution networks in China. The
company utilizes Web-based distribution technologies and a centralized
nationwide call center to provide consumers with consolidated travel
The launch of service in China will mark ECT's first foray into the
critical Asia-Pacific market. A dedicated local corporate travel team and call
center are the first steps in a much larger strategy to meet the needs of its
global client base. With the addition of China to its global offering, travel
managers will be able to drive travel policy compliance across a broader range
"Our entry into the Asia-Pacific region is part of our commitment to grow
with the needs of our customers," said Jean-Pierre Remy, president of Expedia
Corporate Travel. "Many of our existing customers and prospects already do
business in China, so we have a clear opportunity to better service the needs
of these clients by being where they need us to be."
ECT's entry into China underscores the company's focus on balancing each
new market's unique needs while maintaining a consistent, high level of
service. In addition to global content across the Asia-Pacific region and the
rest of the world, the partnership with eLong will provide ECT's customers
with access to over 4,700 hotels in more than 330 cities across China, as well
as flight options to more than 70 major cities in the country.
"It's exciting to partner with Expedia Corporate Travel as they enter
China to meet the needs of global businesses" said Guangfu Cui, CEO of eLong.
"Our local market knowledge and relationships with regional suppliers,
combined with ECT's outstanding level of service designed for the corporate
travel market, ensures a strong corporate travel offering for companies doing
business in China and beyond."
ECT remains committed to giving customers direct access to their travel
data so that they can make informed decisions about how to better manage their
travel programs. As part of ECT's new offering in China, customers will be
able to choose from a range of different product and service offerings based
on their needs.
Expedia Corporate Travel's move into China increases its global presence
that already includes operations in the United States, Canada, France, the
United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain.
About Expedia(R) Corporate Travel
Expedia(R) Corporate Travel is the No. 1 online corporate travel agency
and fifth largest travel management company in the world. As part of Expedia,
Inc., (Nasdaq: EXPE), the world's leading online travel company, empowering
business and leisure travelers with the tools and information they need to
easily research, plan, book and experience travel, Expedia(R) Corporate Travel
brings together the best of technology and corporate support in a
single-source solution that drives down costs. Business travelers have access
to specialized tools, while companies can take advantage of rich management
and reporting features.
About eLong, Inc.
eLong, Inc. (Nasdaq: LONG) is a leading online travel company in China.
Headquartered in Beijing, eLong(TM) has a national presence across China.
eLong uses web-based distribution technologies and a center to provide
consumers with access to travel reservation services. Aiming to enrich
people's lives through the freedom of independent travel, eLong empowers
consumers to make informed choices by providing a one-stop travel solution and
consolidated travel tools and information such as maps, virtual tours and user
ratings. eLong has the capacity to fulfill air ticket reservations in over 57
major cities across China. In addition to choice of a wide hotel selection in
the Greater China region, eLong offers Chinese consumers the ability to make
bookings at international hotels in over 140 destinations worldwide. eLong
operates the websites http://www.elong.com and http://www.elong.net.
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