Strengthens Chinese Ties With eLong Launch


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA–(Marketwire – December 9, 2010) –, the world leader in hotel price comparison, today announced it has strengthened Chinese ties, with the launch of eLong, one of the leading online travel agents in China.

Once integration is finalized, HotelsCombined will grow their existing database of 5,000 hotels in China to 11,000 — dramatically increasing the number of hotels for HotelsCombined users around the world to compare and book.

Hichame Assi, Head of Strategy & Online Marketing at, said, “We are extremely excited to launch eLong as a supply partner. This integration will not only provide the eLong brand with worldwide exposure, but will also provide HotelsCombined with a significant source of Chinese inventory that our global China-bound users will appreciate. In addition, this will help boost our growing site within Greater China by providing Chinese users with a recognizable local brand.”

Alisha Gai, English Site Manager of eLong, commented, “We appreciate the cooperation with HotelsCombined, this integration will be sure to drive the overseas market growth of eLong. Additionally, we believe that eLong’s large and increasing hotel inventory would bring benefits for China-bound users of HotelsCombined.”

About is the world’s leading hotel price comparison search engine. The site streamlines more than 2,500,000 real-time international hotel deals simultaneously, aggregating prices from online travel agents and hotel chains, including,,,,, Accor Hotels, Hilton, Choice Hotels, Best Western and Intercontinental Hotel Group. With no mark-ups or additional booking fees, offers travelers a completely free service to find the best available hotel deals.

About eLong, Inc.

eLong, Inc. (NASDAQ: LONG) is a leading online travel service provider in China. Headquartered in Beijing, eLong has a national presence across China, and offers a bilingual website and 24-hour call center to provide both business and leisure travelers with accurate travel information, real savings and a worry-free travel booking experience. eLong empowers consumers to make informed decisions by providing convenient online and offline hotel, air ticket and vacation package booking services as well as easy to use tools such as maps, destination guides, photographs, virtual tours and user reviews. In addition to a selection of more than 14,300 hotels in over 520 cities across China, eLong also offers consumers the ability to make bookings at over 120,000 international hotels in more than 100 countries worldwide, and can fulfill domestic and international air ticket reservations in over 80 major cities across China. eLong is a subsidiary of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE).

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