Hong Kong-based Travelzen Group Limited is offering online booking of flights between China and Taiwan, just a week after the establishment of scheduled cross-straits flights between the two Chinese states.
Travelzen says its move to offer booking of Taiwan-China flights online is a first in the history of cross-straits travel. The company says its booking site, www.travelzen.com, is offering the complete schedule of 270 weekly flights between four cities in Taiwan and 27 mainland cities.
The site says it allows travelers from Taiwan to purchase their flights to China and to book a full range of domestic flights and hotels within China at previously unavailable competitive prices.
“This is an absolute first,” saysTed Sze, CEO of Travelzen. “Two weeks ago, there were no scheduled flights across the straits. Now, China is an exciting new destination for Taiwanese travelers and travel agents. We understand the speed at which cross-straits travel is growing, and strive to meet this need and provide an efficient way for Taiwanese travelers to book their China trips.”
As the first ― and, it says, so far the only ― online travel agent to offer real travel products after the establishment of scheduled cross-straits flights, Travelzen says its booking engine and “vast array” of Chinese domestic travel products should allow it to claim more than 20 per cent of individuals’ cross-strait travel bookings in the coming year.
Additionally, the Cross Straits Travel Agency (CSTA) will act as the Taiwanese distributor for Travelzen’s suite of B2B travel products for the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macau.
For its Taiwan services package, Travelzen.com accepts a full range of Taiwan dollar-based credit cards at no additional charges. All payments are processed through its secure payment gateway, the company using stringent risk-management control to help provide peace of mind for its customers while purchasing online.
“We’re the first Greater China online travel booking service ever created,” says Sze.
Travelzen Group Limited is a joint venture between the large Chinese air ticketing wholesaler Shanghai Ever Bright Town International Travel Agency Limited (SEBTI) and an international private equity group. The company was established in 2007 and is headquartered in Hong Kong.
Before launching the Travelzen.com website in March 2009, Travelzen spent two years developing its travel-booking technologies and online travel booking engine.