2014 marks a significant milestone for Hogg Robinson Group (HRG), the award winning international corporate services company, as it celebrates 10 years in China.It was a decade ago that HRG began its journey to establish the corporate travel market in China, through a majority share Joint Venture (JV) with Jin Jiang International, one of the leading travel operators in the country. At the time, HRG was the first foreign owned travel company to have a majority share JV in China.
“The concept of a Travel Management Company (TMC) managing the travel needs of organisations based here was a fairly new concept so we had to work hard in order to change mind-sets, deliver tangible results for our clients and win new business. Our effort has been rewarded; we’ve grown from just 20 employees to over 280 based in the key locations of Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.
"During the last 10 years we have seen significant changes within the corporate travel industry including the introduction of dynamic online booking tools and widespread use of mobile apps, payment methods moving from invoice to credit card platforms, a shift of focus from air spend management to wider consolidation and process engineering,” said Yates Fei, General Manager, HRG China.
“China continues to possess high, long-term potential and is an important market for organisations seeking to expand their global operations. Within the country we have witnessed a surge in both domestic and international outbound travel, as Chinese owned businesses branch out and people are enjoying increased spending power.”
“HRG has achieved notable growth over the last 10 years. We plan to continue to grow, making a positive impact on the corporate travel landscape as increasingly more organisations realise the value we bring to their travel programme. We remain committed to developing our solutions and services, and investing in our people and our clients in China”, said Greg Treasure, Managing Director, AsPac.