June 28, 2017

China’s big Airbnb rival is taking the battle overseas

Photo: Business traveler staying at an AirBnb
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How Tujia is beating Airbnb in China Tujia is taking its rivalry with Airbnb global.

China’s leading home-rental site has been a thorn in Airbnb’s side in the world’s most populous country. It’s often referred to as a clone of the U.S. startup, but Tujia co-founder Melissa Yang takes issue with that.

“We are not copying anyone’s business model,” she said in an interview.

Tujia first started out renting out vacation properties that were essentially mini-hotels, fully run by Tujia staff.

The home-rental side of the company — which, like Airbnb, connects property owners with travelers  […]

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