Shanghai-based online travel service provider Ctrip.com (CTRP) has announced plans to enter the high-end outbound travel market by working more closely with Cuiming.

Fan Min, CEO of Ctrip.com, says that Ctrip.com will enter the high-end leisure tourism market in 2007 and aim to increase the proportion of its high-end products from the current 10% to 50%.

Earlier in 2006, Ctrip.com acquired Cuiming, one of the 32 travel agencies in Shanghai that has a complete set of qualifications, to make up for Ctrip's lack of travel qualifications. It then renamed the acquistion Ctrip Cuiming to be specially engaged in providing travel services for the online company.

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