On the afternoon of January 19, Ctrip Group held its annual meeting – “Joining Hands For Success” – in Shanghai. At the meeting, Ctrip's co-founder and Executive Board Chairman James Liang unveiled Ctrip’s vision for the future: to become the largest, the strongest and best company in the global travel industry.
“I’m very optimistic about the long-term prospects of the Chinese economy, especially China’s tourism industry. This year’s data shows that despite the downward pressure on the overall economy, the tourism industry is still very healthy, outpacing the overall economic growth rate. This trend will continue and become more pronounced in the future.”
“I am very proud to tell you that in the past quarter our global GMV has become the highest in the industry.”
Mr. Liang declared that Ctrip, as the leading company in China’s tourism industry, must not only be the largest company, but also lead the industry in innovation. “In the past year, we have made many efforts in innovation, such as high-speed rail tours, package services, and opened thousands of online and offline stores.” Liang also noted that Ctrip managed to make strides in its core competitiveness in 2018.