China's online travel services are taking off, with even greater growth forecast for the next few years.

Last year, at least 2.75 million Chinese booked hotel rooms, air tickets and other travel services on the Internet, up 72 percent from the previous year, according to a report recently released by Shanghai-based in Research Consulting Group.

China's online travel market was worth some 1.54 billion yuan (204 million U.S. dollars) last year, a growth of 82 percent from 2005, the report said.

Analysts with the consulting company are optimistic about China's online travel market, saying the number of users would more than double to 5.7 million in 2008, and hit 9 million by 2010.

The online sector is expected to be worth 6.5 billion yuan by 2010, analysts said.

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