Hotelbeds signs ancillary distribution agreement with Group

705 Group’s users gain access to Hotelbeds’ Beyond the Bed portfolio of 18,000 activities in 690 destinations, 25,000+ transfer routes in 1,100 destinations, as well as theme-park attractions and events tickets

Hotelbeds, the world’s leading bedbank, has announced a strategic partnership with Group, a leading provider of online travel and related services that operates the, Ctrip, and Skyscanner brands.

The partnership will provide Group with access to Hotelbeds’ Beyond The Bed portfolio of more than 18,000 activities in 690 destinations, 25,000 transfer routes in 1,100 destinations, as well as theme-park attractions and entrance tickets for events all over the world.

Products from the Beyond The Bed portfolio will be directly connected with Group’s system via API connectivity. End customers will get access to Beyond The Bed’s attractive portfolio of tours and activities through Group’s in-destination services sales points, vacation packaging and packaged tour channels.

The agreement provides ancillary supplier partners of Beyond The Bed with access to Group’s 400 million customers via both the Chinese and non-Chinese distribution channels of Group, which operates the Ctrip,, and Skyscanner platforms.

Forrest Zhang, Managing Director China, Hotelbeds, said, “We’re very pleased to extend our long-standing partnership with Group as their customers are highly-valued by our supplier partners all around the world. We’ve worked hard over the last few years to make our ancillaries product range more and more relevant for Chinese travellers and our local sales team presence in China ensures that the sales process is China-friendly. Group has more than 43% market share of China’s online tourism, itself the biggest tourism market in the world, and the market is rapidly growing year-on-year so we expect this partnership to generate significant sales growth for our supplier partners around the world.”

Xiaojiang Yu, CEO of Tickets & Activities Business Unit at Group, said, “We’re very excited to gain access to in-destination ancillary services via the Beyond the Bed portfolio of Hotelbeds. Many of our customers look for unique travel products that can give them authentic local experiences when travelling internationally and the Hotelbeds range of products and high level of exclusive deals is both incomparable and, importantly, adapted for the needs of Chinese travellers.”