‘Airbnb wants Chinese competitor to take over’
Woningverhuursite Airbnb is sweeping calls to its Chinese rival Xiaozhu.com to take over.
The San Francisco and western travelers popular Airbnb wants with the acquisition of more foot to get off the ground in the rapidly growing Chinese market, insiders on Wednesday to Bloomberg.
Xiaozhu and especially the also Chinese Tujia are a lot bigger than Airbnb in China. The file of Xiaozhu has 100.000 addresses of hosts in the land compared to the 75,000 of Airbnb. Tujia manages to 450,000 roosts in approximately 1.350 cities, towns and villages, of which about a quarter in China.
Airbnb would be the acquisition of an expensive battle for market share to avoid. Taxi-app Uber gave China $ 1 billion to grow, before its Chinese branch eventually to sell to a competitor Didi Chuxing.
It is for western internet companies often have a difficult foot to the ground to get to in China, due to local regulations and censorship.
Reportedly also examines Facecbook an entrée into China, where messages about sensitive topics locally would be censored. The software of this would be by the social network are already created, but it is still unclear whether Facebook will actually be allowed in China.