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China’s Qunar sold 250,000 air tickets in one day for Chinese New Year

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Chinese travel booking site Qunar (NASDAQ:QUNR) sold a quarter of a million plane tickets in a single day for Chinese New Year, compared to 135,000 on its highest volume day last year. The company says it saw strong growth in international travel, tripling the volume of outbound travel bookings compared to Chinese New Year 2013.

On the peak day, half of the air tickets were booked through mobile. Most mobile bookings occurred within 20 days of the trip with a fifth of mobile bookings occurring within three days of the trip.

Additionally, Qunar reached almost five million train ticket queries in a single day.

Baidu-backed Qunar faces stiff competition from Ctrip (NASDAQ:CTRP), Elong, and Taobao for the country’s online travel booking market.

Here’s the top 10 international destinations for Chinese New year travelers:

  1. Hong Kong, China
  2. Taipei, Taiwan
  3. Bangkok, Thailand
  4. Seoul, Korea
  5. Singapore, Singapore
  6. Manila, Philippines
  7. Phuket, Thailand
  8. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  9. Tokyo Japan
  10. Chiang Mai, Thailand

And here’s the the top 20 train routes compared to last year:

Top 20 Train Routes during CNY
Year 2014 2013
1 Beijing Shanghai Beijing Harbin
2 Beijing Harbin Guangzhou Chongqing
3 Shanghai Nanjing Guangzhou Wuhan
4 Beijing Shijiazhuang Beijing Shanghai
5 Harbin Beijing Shenzhen Wuhan
6 Beijing Zhengzhou Shanghai Chengdu
7 Shanghai Hangzhou Shanghai Xi’an
8 Guangzhou Wuhan Guangzhou Changsha
9 Shenzhen Guangzhou Beijing Xi’an
10 Beijing Shenyang Beijing Xi’an

(Image credit: Flickr user Travelourplanet)

(Editing by Josh Horwitz)

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