According to CTCNN, a Chinese travel industry finance media, the top 10 travel apps in September 2013 were Qunar, Ctrip, Huoli, Elong, Mafengwo, Best Tone, Tianqu, Top Trip, 17u and KingwayStudio.
Qunar ranked the top in the list, with 52.88 million download times; followed by Ctrip with 41.04 million download times. The download times of the top 9 all remained above 10 million.
Travel apps kept growing at a relatively fast speed. In comparison with August, the number of app developers whose total download times above 10 million increased 1, and those above 1 million increased 4 in September.
Elong had the fastest growing rate in September, it increased 6.85 million download times monthly. Qunar ranked the second with 5.56 million download monthly increase.
Many online travel agencies had transferred their focuses on mobile end. In the first half of 2013, 23% of Qunar’s total search came from mobile devices; and in hotel industry, 47% of total search came from mobile end. Besides, Ctrip launched mobile app version 5.0 in September. Qunar and Ctrip’s apps total download times always remained the first and second. Travel agencies are less likely to cooperate on mobile devices because of the independence of apps, in the future, the fight over mobile end would be even more fierce than online competition.