China's business travel sector grew 8.4% year-on-year to RMB 158.7 billion (USD 24.3 billion) in 2017.
Despite carriers seeming passionate to open up new routes, there are still potential setbacks that need to be considered.
Some 129 million outbound trips were recorded in 2017, 45.8 million more than 2012. The number of inbound tourists rose 7% from five years ago to reach 139 million last year.
The liberalization measures have been extended to more domestic routes, especially those facing direct competition from high-speed rail.
LCC growth in mainland China faces great potential, but also significant infrastructure challenges and lack of government support.
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New players such as Airbnb, Uber, Lyft are actively investing in developing business travel programs with sophisticated tracking and data connectivity tools.
The boundaries get blurred as hotels build up loyalty to compete with distuibution, and OTAs invest in guest experience technology and morph into platform providers for the long tail of hotels.
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