UK-based B2B travel wholesaler JacTravel is to establish a foothold in China by opening an office in Beijing.
The expansion follows a drive to secure new clients in China, which has resulted in contracts with several leading players including Ctrip, Qunar, Tuniu, U-tour, Caissa Travel, Dida, Haoqiao and Marco Polo.
These companies now connect directly in to JacTravel’s accommodation inventory, giving real time access to pricing and availability in more than 12,000 directly-contracted hotels and an additional aggregated portfolio of over 130,000 properties
The new Beijing office is in addition to an established base in Hong Kong which has been building a portfolio of locally-sourced hotels.
That portfolio has grown to 250 directly contracted properties in China, of which 74 are in Beijing and 60 are in Shanghai.
The company also has a further 650 indirectly contracted properties and ambitious targets to expand the Chinese portfolio further.
The new Beijing office is headed by sales director Jenny Fu, supported by sales manager Fei Ren and client technical support analyst Justin Zhang.
JacTravel CEO Terry Williamson said: “Jenny and Fei have absolutely crashed into this incredibly vibrant market for wholesale hotel accommodation and rapidly built relationships with several major Chinese travel companies.
“Their target for 2017 is to double the size of the business and given their outstanding start, I have every confidence they will achieve it.”
JacTravel won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise earlier this year, based on strong export growth.