The latest reports are relatively straightforward, saying Ctrip decided to remove its hotel listings from Qunar's online travel site because it believed that its rival wasn't behaving as a neutral third party host for such listings anymore. The two companies use very different business models that would have been highly complementary if they had merged. Ctrip's model is similar to most of its global rivals, where it directly negotiates prices with hotels and then lists those properties on its site and takes a commission for each booking. By comparison, Qunar is simply a third-party operator of a platform where other travel agents can list their prices for hotels. Thus a customer can find a wide range of prices on Qunar's site for a single hotel, and Ctrip was just one of many companies offering its products to the site's customers. Ctrip is accusing Qunar of giving preferential placement on its site to travel agents that paid additional fees to Qunar directly. I obviously can't verify whether that claim is true since I don't have access to inside information. But the practice is certainly consistent with the business model of Qunar's much larger parent, online search leader Baidu, which is regularly accused of giving preferential placement in its search results to paid advertisers. Get the full story at Seeking Alpha (free registration) and WebInTravel