On the back of positive predictions about the continued growth of the Chinese tourist market, the country has become increasingly interesting to budget hotel brands from home and abroad who’ve accelerated their plans for expansion in the country in recent years.

In recent years many domestic budget hotel brands like Jinjiang Inn, Home Inn and Motel168 have expanded rapidly. The competition between the two big players Jinjiang and Home is regarded as being fierce.

Jinjiang Inn is a subsidiary of local hotel giant, the Jinjiang Group. It now has 139 outlets, according to information released by them on August 26. Their rapid expansion is much quicker than their strategy announcement two years ago. Then they discussed plans to open 200 hotels in 3 to 5 years.

Another domestic budget brand, Home Inn, disclosed this month that it has 150-plus hotels in total with a presence in over 40 Chinese cities. Founded in June 2002, Home Inn owns the largest number of hotels among domestic budget hotel brands.

Home Inn is being jointly developed by Ctrip.com and the Capital Tourism Group. Ctrip.com is China's biggest online travel agency. Home Inn says it plans to have a total of 180 hotels by the end of this year.

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