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Scots flight site expansion in Shenzhen

New China launch for Tianxun (Skyscanner)

Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams of Skyscanner

Skyscanner, the Edinburgh-based flight comparison company, has opened a further office in China and is promising further expansion in the world’s fastest growing economy.

Tianxun, as Skyscanner is known in China, has an improved website including features that are completely new to the company.

They include tours and tickets for tourist attractions as well as ticket offers from offline as well as online travel agencies. The site also offers login via the main Chinese social channels (QQ, Weibo).

As well as the technical build, the company’s commercial teams have been building partnerships with Chinese airlines and travel agencies.

Chief executive and co-founder Gareth Williams joined China General Manager Steven Pang in China to officially open the office in Shenzhen which will be the company’s Chinese product and engineering hub. The Beijing office continues to be a base for the marketing and commercial teams. Skyscanner has more than 30 staff in China.

Speaking at the launch event, Mr Williams explained the importance of Tianxun: “China is a very culturally distinct and special country that we’re addressing with a long-term view.  It is important for us to be global but also very local in our approach.

“The aim of Tianxun is to bring customers more value added and supply travel solutions to Chinese travellers, especially for outbound travellers. Right now, we’re focusing on the Tianxun product and technology development in China.”

Mr Pang added: “2015 is an important year for Tianxun, with big investment in China. Our goal is to build up a fantastic travel platform for Chinese outbound travellers, and to supply user value added products and experience.”

On its website, the company added: “Since we acquired Youbibi back in June 2014, we have been focused on building our product by Chinese travellers and for Chinese travellers. Watch this space for further developments over the coming months!”

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