MACAU, 13 December 2021: Trip.com Group, a leading global
travel service provider, held its 2021 Global Partner Summit in Macao at the
Adopting the theme “Forward Together”, the summit drew over 1,600 professionals representing every sector of the travel industry. Trip.com Group chairman and co-founder James Liang reinforced the group’s efforts to foster industry efforts geared toward recovery.
Liang believes that as global vaccination rates continue to
rise and more countries and regions are opening their borders, international
travel will return in the near future.
“This year, we have continued to work with destinations
and partners around the world in preparation for the restoration of global
travel,” said Liang at the Summit. “The industry as a whole is ready
to welcome and facilitate global travellers; we are at the forefront together
with partners to support the complete resumption of global travel.”
Commencing on the latest performance figures Trip.com Group
CEO, Jane Sun said both domestic hotel bookings and air ticket bookings in
mainland China saw double-digit growth in Q2 2021 compared to the same period
Trip.com, the group’s global domestic travel platform, saw
hotel bookings increase by over 160% in Q3 2021 compared to Q3 2019.
Cross-border air ticket bookings in Europe also saw an increase of 200% in Q3
2021 compared to the previous quarter.
“We believe in the power of reciprocity; that’s how we
and the entire industry are recovering together,” said Sun. “In
markets, and with partners around the world, we see cooperation driving the
development of the industry and incredible efforts to bring forth travel
During the summit, the Macau Government Tourism Office and
Trip.com Group signed for the second year a Memorandum of Understanding to
together further promote travel to Macau. In 2021, the partnership saw Macau
travel bookings on Trip.com Group platforms increase by 244% in the first half
of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. The number of travellers to Macau
saw a 150% QoQ increase, and “Macau” keyword searches grew by 216%
Macao Government Tourism Office director Maria Helena de Senna
Fernandes noted the event fueled the synergy of “tourism + MICE” and spotlights
Macao’s advantages as a MICE travel destination, inspiring more high-end
business travellers to come to Macao to organise large-scale conferences.
During the summit, industry partners and destinations were
recognised for their collaboration with Trip.com Group. Awards acknowledged
innovative and collaborative approaches that were geared towards tapping into
pent-up travel markets as well as bringing benefits to travellers and