Hotelbeds has acquired JBS, a US-based company
dedicated to the Chinese accommodation wholesaler market.
JBS, formed in 2001 by Chinese-born US residents
Juliann Meng, Barbara Ansel and Sarah Gao, works with Chinese-domiciled tour operators and travel agents as well as
destination management companies active in incoming tourism from
China to the US.
Hotelbeds and JBS will now work to build on relationships with tour
operators and travel distributors in China to drive more business
to all destinations in the US. This will include maximizing and
increasing the partnerships both companies have with hotels and
destination services providers.
The China outbound market is growing rapidly due
to growing consumer wealth plus the easing of visa regulations.
The US has become an increasingly important destination for China,
and currently represents about 5% of total US inbound tourist expenditure and is expected to grow at rates of over 25% per year
in the next 5 years.
Javier Arevalo, Regional
Managing Director, Hotelbeds Americas said, “JBS is a
well-respected company that has built up a strong position in the
‘China to US’ market. We saw a business that matched our plans in
the region and a management team focused on growth. We are
delighted that they are now working with us to maximize the
opportunities between both markets.”
supplies over 50,000 hotels to travel providers such as airlines,
tour operators and travel agents. Through its sister brand
Destination Services, it also provides tours, transfers and
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