BERLIN & BEIJING – December 8, 2014 – Chinese travelers now have the convenience to book a professional driver around the world on China’s largest travel website. Qunar.com, which attracts nearly 45 million monthly unique visitors, has integrated with Blacklane, the provider of professional drivers at the lowest rates around the world.
The partnership will allow Chinese travelers to hire professionally driven cars, SUVs and vans in over 50 countries. Qunar.com displays flat rates of transfers between airports and travelers’ homes and hotels that include all fees, gratuities and tolls in Chinese Yuan.
“Our customers want a single site to meet all of their travel needs from the moment they leave their homes until they return. Once in transit, they desire the familiarity and consistency of a high-quality experience,” said Mr. Quan Gan, head of international car service at Qunar. “Blacklane’s low rates, global reach, and convenience help us to build on our innovative edge for Chinese travelers around the world.”
“International travelers value a reliable, consistent travel experience that removes barriers like currency exchange and uncertainty of local taxi experiences,” said Dr. Jens Wohltorf, co-founder and CEO of Blacklane. “It’s a perfect match to bring the largest Chinese travel site together with the global provider of professional drivers at the lowest rates.”
China is the largest source of international outbound tourism according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), spending $129 billion in 2013. Also, the Chinese government is targeting domestic tourism to reach $894 billion by 2020, more than double 2013 spending.
The Blacklane-Qunar integration starts with 30 cities in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, including Bangkok, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Paris, New York, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto. The companies will integrate all of Blacklane’s 150 cities to meet the demands of Chinese travelers.
This is also a major move for Blacklane, allowing the company to further build its brand under Chinese travelers as well as expand more quickly in the region.
About Blacklane (blacklane.com) Blacklane provides professional drivers around the world, offering passengers consistent and reliable travel at the lowest rates. Passengers receive high customer service standards, unprecedented convenience and transparent flat rates significantly below the cost of legacy players. Blacklane does not provide its own vehicles, but rather aggregates the spare capacities of local partners in more than 50 countries. Based in Berlin, Germany, Blacklane was founded in 2011 and has more than 140 employees.
About Qunar Qunar, founded in May 2005 and headquartered in Beijing, is the world’s most popular Chinese travel platform. Its website had more than 44.74 million monthly unique visits, according to iResearch in September 2014. Qunar’s mission is to create and maintain a fun and hassle-free one-stop travel information source for Chinese travelers. Via its website and mobile applications, the company organizes enormous travel information and provides instant and thorough searches of flights, hotels, travel packages, group-buying deals and other travel-related information to travelers, helping them find travel products of great value, and travel information that best matches their needs, all by its intelligent and avant-garde technology.
As of the end of September 2014, Qunar’s search scope covers over: 4190 online travel agencies; 770,000 hotels; 180,000 flight routes; 500,000 vacation routes; 10,000 tourist attractions; 242,000 daily group-buying deals; and many more. Qunar’s mobile application was named as the best Chinese original travel app of 2012 by Apple China. The total number of activated users for Qunar’s mobile app hit 460 million by the end of September 2014.
Qunar means “where to go” in Mandarin Chinese. Learn more at www.qunar.com.
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