December 18, 2017

China’s TripAdvisor Mafengwo raises $133 million

Mafengwo plans to use the newly acquired funds to continue to expand its platform as it aims to reshape the independent travel industry in China.

Along these lines, to improve the global travel experience, the company will offer Chinese travelers increased user-generated content, a deepened application of advanced analytics to improve user experience on its platform, and improved travel guides and services.

A popular travel application among Chinese millennials, Mafengwo was founded by Gang Chen and Gang Lv in 2010. Initially an online travel community, Mafengwo has grown to become an independent online travel platform that aggregates user-generated reviews of destinations, hotels, attractions, and local activities to provide trip planning advice to self-guided travelers in China. With its unique business model, focused on providing users with both content and the ability to make travel plans through its platform, Mafengwo has become a trusted resource for Chinese travelers. Thanks to its dedicated user base of millennial users, the company has doubled its growth in travel bookings for services including hotels, transportation, and local activities over the past two years.

Gang Chen, Co-Founder and CEO of Mafengwo, said, “This latest round of capital will allow Mafengwo to further invest in our travel advice, content, and our technology-enabled backend. Furthermore, we plan to upgrade the resources we offer on hotels and destination markets as we continue to leverage the advantages from our diverse community of users whose contributed content drives the success of our platform. I believe that we can lead the evolution of the Chinese online travel industry.”

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