One of China's top online travel agents, Ctrip.com, said quarterly profit rose 22 percent from a year earlier and predicted more revenue growth as a strong economy boosts travel.

For the first quarter, traditionally Ctrip.com International Ltd.'s weakest period, net profit rose to $6 million, or 18 cents per diluted American depositary share (ADS), compared with a profit of 15 cents per ADS recorded a year earlier. In yuan, net profit rose 22 percent to 48.4 million yuan from 39.6 mln year earlier.

"We continue to see robust industry growth in the first quarter," Chairman James Liang, told investors in a telephone conference. "We are well positioned to expand our services to the corporate traveler," he added.

The company expected second-quarter and full-year 2006 revenue to grow 40 percent, improving from the previous forecasts for 35 percent growth.

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