Ctrip is partnering the Priceline Group’s restaurant reservations platform, OpenTable, to allow Ctrip mobile app users to book from tens of thousands of restaurants across North America.
With the agreement, Ctrip has become OpenTable’s first partner in the Mainland China market. Available in six languages, the Princeline group platform already has over 43,000 bookable restaurants in more than 20 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.
The tie-up comes as North American destinations rise in popularity among Chinese travellers. According to Ctrip’s data, Chinese visitors to North America in 2017 spent on average RMB16,000 (US$2,456) per person. Both the US and Canada were included on Ctrip’s 2017 Top 20 Popular Country list, with three US cities in the top 10 for longhaul trips, and Canada seeing over 60 per cent growth year-on-year.