Ctrip is partly owned by Baidu, a Chinese search company, and like Skyscanner it provides online booking for airline travel in addition to railway tickets and for hotels.
In 2015 the company is said to have generated more than £41bn in gross merchandise value, a measure of online sales, according to the company’s website.
James Jianzhang Liang, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Ctrip, said: “We are excited to welcome Skyscanner into the Ctrip group. Ctrip and Skyscanner share the same passion and dedication in providing travelers around the world with better services.
“This acquisition will strengthen long-term growth drivers for both companies. Skyscanner will complement our positioning at a global scale and Ctrip will leverage our experience, technology and booking capabilities to Skyscanner’s.”
“Ctrip and Skyscanner share a common view – that organizing travel has a long way to go to being solved. To do so requires powerful technology and a traveler-first approach.
“In taking the next step to achieving our goal, Skyscanner will remain operationally independent and our growing global team will continue to innovate and deliver the products travelers know and love,” said Williams.