China based Ctrip is set to open a base in Scotland in early 2018 creating 200 new jobs over the next few years. The Chinese owner also bought Skyscanner, a Scotland- based travel search site, for £1.4 bn ($1.7 billion). However, the proposed call center will function separately than Skyscanner. Ctrip is one of largest online travel agencies of China and is expanding its travel services for both outbound Chinese travellers and international passengers.
Ctrip, however, plans to tap into Skyscanner’s experience in providing online customer service in 26 languages and multiple time zones. According to Ctrip director Coley Dale, Ctrip leadership team has visited Edinburgh several times since Skyscanner acquisition and as Scotland has considerable talent, Scotland will surely be an ideal base for Ctrip.
Based in China, Ctrip.com International is a travel service provider for accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours and corporate travel management. It also offers other travel related services such as tour packages and guided tours, travelers reviews, attraction tickets, travel related financing and car services, travel insurance and visa services. The company aggregates hotel and transformation information for bookings.
Operator of flight search engine that also provides comparison of flight prices for various airlines and routes, price comparison for car rentals, hotels and holidays. Serving customers worldwide Skyscanner is now owned by Ctrip, a China based online travel portal.