Last year, Meituan surpassed market leader Ctrip in hotel bookings, taking about a 45 percent share compared to Ctrip’s 22 percent. In March 2018, Meituan clocked 22.7 million hotel nights booked, compared to Ctrip’s 11 million, according to Trustdata, a Chinese data monitoring platform.

In the three months ended June 30, Meituan said it booked 94 million domestic hotel room nights – a jump of nearly 30 percent compared to the same period last year.

These figures are huge for Meituan, a relative newcomer which entered the fray only in 2014. In contrast, Ctrip has been in the travel industry for two decades and has long held the title of China’s largest online travel agency.