Sharing thoughts on China-Scotland relationship, tourism, female leadership and innovation
SHANGHAI, April 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As the largest online travel agent in Asia and the second largest in the world, Ctrip hosted the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon during her 2018 China visit. This is the Scottish First Minister’s first visit to the Ctrip Headquarter and the first meeting with Jane Sun, Chief Executive Officer of Ctrip.
As women leaders, Jane Sun and the Scottish First Minister both share a desire to see gender equality improved and to be role models to girls and young women. Ctrip continues to strongly adhere to the United Nation Women’s Empowerment Principles and ensure that the female voice is heard. Ctrip is deeply committed to ensuring gender equality in the workplace through offering maternity packages, baby bonuses and other incentives. With more than 50% of our 30,000 plus employee base being female, Ctrip has higher female participation rate compared with the Top 25 Tech companies in Silicon Valley which stands at 19.6%. This is similarly shared by Scotland due to their goal of achieving a 50/50 gender representation on the boards of public, private and voluntary sector boards by 2020.
China and Scotland has a great partnership as both offer room for expansion and further cooperation in investments. Through mutual investment and sharing of human resources across various sectors and industries, such collaboration will ensure that both China and Scotland will achieve win-win results.
Aimed at providing over 300 million registered members with a one-stop travel experience, Ctrip’s dynamic partnership with Skyscanner is a success story of cooperation and dialogue.
According to Ctrip’s Scotland travel data, we are seeing a year-on-year growth of 120% from 2017 to 2016. Ctrip users to Scotland spend on average 14412 RMB or 1616 pound per person. Edinburgh remains the top favourite destination followed by the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness. Ctrip continues to play a vital role in promoting peace and understanding through travel. Further integration of technology and innovation as well as the ongoing investment in A-B-C (Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Cloud Computing) has allowed us to adapt to the ever growing demands of our users and to ensure products and services that are high-quality, hassle-free and efficient. From our Customer Service Robots to Virtual Tour Manager to Global SOS, these are just some examples of technological innovation. As Scotland has a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem that transforms innovation into products, services and solutions with global appeal, Ctrip remains a partner in the field of innovation and technology.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, "I was delighted to meet with Jane Sun and her Ctrip colleagues today for what was a fascinating exchange of ideas. Ctrip's investment in Scotland is a great example of collaboration between Scotland and China in the key areas of tourism and the economy - and with a direct flight between Edinburgh and Beijing about to begin, this will only go from strength to strength."
Jane Sun, CEO of Ctrip said, “The relationship between China and Scotland has always been a positive one. As more Chinese visit Scotland, mutual respect and understanding is reinforced. Ctrip remains by the side of our travelers to ensure that they have a positive experience and we look forward to more collaboration with Scotland across all fields.”
About Ctrip.com International, Ltd.
Ctrip.com International, Ltd. is a leading travel service provider of accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours and corporate travel management in China. It is the largest online consolidator of accommodations and transportation tickets in China in terms of transaction volume. Ctrip enables business and leisure travelers to make informed and cost-effective bookings by aggregating comprehensive travel related information and offering its services through an advanced transaction and service platform consisting of its mobile apps, Internet websites and centralized, toll-free, 24-hour customer service center. Ctrip also helps customers book vacation packages and guided tours. In addition, through its corporate travel management services, Ctrip helps corporate clients effectively manage their travel requirements. Since its inception in 1999, Ctrip has experienced substantial growth and become one of the best-known travel brands in China.
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