BEIJING, March 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- eLong, Inc. (Nasdaq: LONG - News), a leading online travel service provider in China, today announced that it will establish a second call center in Hefei, the capital of Anhui province in China. eLong currently plans to put the second call center into operation in the second half of 2012. The new call center will add more than 1,000 seats of capacity and provide services to support both offline and online bookings.
"As more and more customers choose eLong for their travel needs, we are investing in a second call center to allow us to better serve our customers. We have chosen Hefei for the call center as it is in a region with a fast growing economy, a highly skilled and well-educated labor force and strong government support for the development of the e-commerce industry," said Guangfu Cui, Chief Executive Officer of eLong.
About eLong, Inc.
eLong, Inc. (Nasdaq: LONG - News) is a leading online travel service provider in China. Headquartered in Beijing, eLong empowers consumers to make informed travel decisions by providing convenient online, mobile (via iPhone and Android applications and m.eLong,com) and 24-hour call center hotel and air ticket booking services as well as easy to use tools such as maps, destination guides, photographs, virtual tours and user reviews. eLong offers consumers the largest directly-bookable hotel product portfolio in China with a selection of more than 25,500 hotels in China and almost 149,000 international hotels in more than 100 countries worldwide, as well as the ability to fulfill domestic and international air ticket reservations in cities across China. eLong's largest shareholders are Expedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE) and Tencent Holdings Ltd. (HKSE: 0700). eLong operates websites including www.elong.com, www.elong.net and www.xici.net.
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