Skyscanner opens new office in Shenzen

Skyscanner, the Edinburgh-based flight comparison company, has officially opened its new Shenzhen office and celebrated the release of a redesigned and version of its Chinese website, Tianxun.

The website introduces features new to Skyscanner in any country, such as tours and tickets for tourist attractions as well as offering tickets from offline as well as online travel agencies. The site also offers login via the main Chinese social channels QQ and Weibo.

As well as the technical project, Skyscanner’s commercial teams have been developing partnerships with Chinese airlines and travel agencies.

Chief executive and co-founder Gareth Williams joined China General Manager Steven Pang to open the office in Shenzhen, which will serve as its Chinese product and engineering hub. The company’s Beijing office continues to be a base for its Chinese marketing and commercial teams, bringing to 30 the number of employees in China.

“China is a very culturally distinct and special country that we’re addressing with a long-term view.  It is important for us to be global but also very local in our approach,” said Williams.

The aim of Tianxun is to bring customers more value added and supply travel solutions to Chinese travelers, especially for outbound travelers. Right now we’re focusing on the Tianxun product and technology development in China.”

Steven echoed his feelings, saying: “2015 is an important year for Tianxun, with big investment in China. Our goal is to build up a fantastic travel platform for Chinese outbound travelers, and to supply user value added products and experience.”

Since Skyscanner acquired Youbibi, the Chinese metasearch company in June last year, the company has been focussed on building a distinct product for China.