Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company, announced that Trip.com Group, an international one-stop travel service provider, has selected AWS as its strategic cloud provider to enhance the travel experience for hundreds of millions of travellers.
The multiyear agreement will allow Trip.com Group to leverage AWS’s proven global infrastructure and cloud technologies to expand their business globally, deliver seamless customer experiences, and drive innovation across the travel and hospitality industry.
Earlier this year, Trip.com Group established a joint innovation lab with AWS that provides resources to help AWS and Trip.com Group experts develop next-generation applications using generative artificial intelligence (generative AI) and large language models (LLMs). The lab focuses on developing innovative applications for critical business areas, including AI-driven customer service, hotel search optimization, and flight ticket demand forecasting using generative AI technologies. Trip.com Group uses AWS Graviton-powered Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances, powered by custom-built AWS Graviton processors, to deliver high performance at a lower price for training LLMs. In July, Trip.com Group unveiled its vertical LLM designed to offer increased accessibility, richer customer experiences, and reliable and personalized travel recommendations.
“We are excited to work with AWS to jointly innovate new ways to make it easier for people to travel and explore the world,” said Chao Ma, vice president of Trip.com Group. “In harnessing the incredible capabilities of generative AI technologies, AWS will play a pivotal role in helping us to speed up the booking process, optimize flight pricing, and curate experiences at price points that fit every budget and travel persona. This collaboration is strongly aligned to our mission to pursue the perfect trip for a better world. We are constantly making travel more personalized by understanding individual preferences; providing real-time recommendations on the latest trends, hotels, flights, and attractions; and integrating AI with customer service for a holistic experience that fits every traveller’s unique needs and lifestyle.”
Beyond the joint innovation lab, Trip.com Group uses AWS’s advanced technologies and proven global infrastructure to deliver its comprehensive suite of travel products and services around the world, offer cost-effective travel booking, and provide hassle-free on-the-go customer service support. Trip.com Group migrated more than 400 of its international business microservices to AWS, which significantly improved the speed of its air ticket booking system and reduced overall total memory consumption by more than 96%, resulting in substantial cost savings. AWS has helped Trip.com Group to optimize its IT infrastructure to improve connection points with flight and hotel partners, providing a faster and more reliable service for travellers.
Trip.com Group worked with AWS to launch its “DreamNowTripLater” live video streams, which highlight locales from the company’s network of 1.4 million hotels spanning 200 countries and 2 million flight routes. Using AWS Media Services, Trip.com Group produces low-latency video streams at scale for YouTube, Facebook, and third-party video services across China for more than 5.7 million global travellers. To date, the series has led to $10 million in travel bookings.
In addition, AWS and Trip.com Group collaborated to develop a four-year training program to provide the company’s technologists with access to AWS Training and Certification’s comprehensive cloud training curriculum and resources. These training resources will help 2,000 Trip.com Group employees gain new cloud skills in AI and machine learning, and develop new applications using the cloud.
“Trip.com Group is a leading one-stop travel service provider, and we are proud of the work we are doing to help the company use generative AI to change the way they do business and interact with customers,” said Steven M. Elinson, managing director of Travel and Hospitality at AWS. “Working with Trip.com Group to establish the joint innovation lab is helping us identify and develop generative AI solutions for a wide range of use cases that will uncover new growth opportunities, alleviate pain points, and create entirely new ways to delight global travelers.”
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About Trip.com Group
Trip.com Group is a leading global travel service provider comprising of Trip.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, and Qunar. Across its platforms, Trip.com Group helps travellers around the world make informed and cost-effective bookings for travel products and services and enables partners to connect their offerings with users through the aggregation of comprehensive travel-related content and resources, and an advanced transaction platform consisting of apps, websites and 24/7 customer service centres. Founded in 1999 and listed on NASDAQ in 2003 and HKEX in 2021, Trip.com Group has become one of the best-known travel groups in the world, with the mission “to pursue the perfect trip for a better world”. Find out more about Trip.com Group here.