However, as China’s tourism grew it was restructured and strengthened financially in 2008 and refloated. It employs 5,000, has 60 subsidiaries, a hotel business and a fast-growing IT business from its US-based software development centre. TravelSky, like its Western competitors, has gone international. It entered as long ago as 2011 into an agreement with Atlanta-based Travelport to boost hotel content available to travel agents in China and around the world. The following year it linked with Sabre to make hotel content available to each other’s agency customers and consumer travellers. Opening up China’s market to the outside world began in 2013, with the publishing of new regulations from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Thesecracked open the door for bookings to foreign participation by granting two global distribution system (GDS) licences. They went to Amadeus and Singapore-based Asia specialist Abacus and meant the two firms would not have to go through TravelSky. It freed them to deal directly with foreign airlines offering outbound services in China and with Chinese tour agencies. Of course, this being China, this did not actually unroll in a rush, permits having to be applied for first! Get the full story at EyeForTravel