BEIJING, Sept. 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Qunar Cayman Islands Limited (NASDAQ:QUNR) ("Qunar" or the "Company"), China's leading mobile and online travel platform, today announced a partnership with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,200 properties globally and 150 hotels in China.
Under the new partnership, Qunar's travel user base, one of the largest in the world, will get instant and direct access to Starwood's global hotel inventory through Qunar's mobile and PC transaction platform.
"Starwood operates some of the most prestigious high-end hotel brands in the world and we are delighted to have Starwood as our partner," said Chenchao (CC) Zhuang, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Qunar. "With Starwood's global hotel inventory and strong presence in China, we will be able to offer our growing base of high-end users an even more comprehensive hotel product portfolio with competitive pricing. We believe this partnership will further catalyze the strong growth momentum of our high-end hotel business."
"We are excited to be working with Qunar, the fastest-growing mobile and online travel platform in Asia and we are confident Qunar's robust distribution and marketing capabilities will attract more Chinese travelers to Starwood properties," said Julie Atkinson, Senior Vice President, Global Digital for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. "As Chinese outbound travel demand continues to grow, we believe that together with Qunar, we will be able to bring the distinct lifestyle of Starwood hotels to more Chinese guests."
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About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,200 properties in some 100 countries and over 180,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, Element® and the recently introduced Tribute Portfolio™. The Company boasts one of the industry's leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood recently announced plans to spin off its Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc. business, a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands, into a standalone public company by the end of 2015. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.
Qunar is China's leading mobile and online travel platform. With a commitment to building a travel ecosystem serving the entire travel industry value chain, Qunar is evolving the way people travel in a world increasingly enabled by technology. Qunar addresses the needs of Chinese travelers and travel service providers by efficiently matching industry supply and demand through its proprietary technologies. By providing technology infrastructure for travel service providers on mobile and online platforms, Qunar integrates and offers the most comprehensive selection of travel products and the most convenient means to complete desired transactions for Chinese travelers.
Qunar means "where to go" in Mandarin Chinese.
For more information, please visit http://ir.qunar.com.
CONTACT: For investor inquiries, please contact: Xiaolu Zhu Investor Relations Qunar Cayman Islands Limited Tel: +86-10-5764-6223 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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