Ctrip.com International Ltd, China’s biggest trip-booking website, has acquired Silicon Valley-based travel planning and local discovery app and site Trip.com for an undisclosed sum, the company said in a release.
The acquisition will allow Ctrip’s global travel search site Skyscanner to leverage select Trip.com capabilities under its own platform.
Founded in 2010, Trip.com which was earlier known as Gogobot.com, uses a combination of 19 “Tribes”, as well as predictive intelligence that takes into account your location, the weather, and more. It also offers personalized recommendations for where to stay, eat and play in more than 60,000 destinations.
“Skyscanner shares our focus on mobile and our passion for empowering people to have amazing travel experiences. We’re excited to work with Skyscanner to offer a single resource to travelers around the world that meets all their travel needs,” said Trip.com co-founder and CEO Travis Katz.
The company has raised a total of $39 million till date from investors like Expedia, Battery Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Google chairman Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe, Square CEO Keith Rabois and angel investor Oren Zeev.
It claims that over 60 million people have used Trip.com to plan their travels.
“Our aim has always been to make travel search as simple as possible, providing travelers everything they need in one single place,” said Skyscanner chief technology officer Bryan Dove.
“Adding Trip.com’s content to Skyscanner’s offering represents the next step towards that goal. Trip.com is inherently social and mobile, and we’re hugely excited to learn from, and work alongside, their great team,” he added.
Skyscanner was started in 2003 and provides instant online comparisons for flights, hotels and car rental. With more than 60 million monthly active users, the company employs over 900 people in the UK, Miami, Singapore, China, Spain, Hungary and Bulgaria. Skyscanner is available in over 30 languages globally.
Ctrip acquired Skyscanner last year in a deal valuing the Scotland-based company at about 1.4 billion pounds.
In May, Ctrip along with Naspers Ltd invested $330 million in online travel company MakeMyTrip Ltd. In the round, few unnamed investors also participated.