Founder & Chairman of Huazhu Group
Qi Ji is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in China, who founded Ctrip.com, Home Inns & Hotels and Huazhu Group (NASDAQ:HTHT). All the three companies have been successfully listed on NASDAQ and each market value reaches over $1 billion, which makes him become a legend of tourism. As a leader of China's hotel industry, Ji Qi has won many honorary titles: 50 people of China's business innovation, Red Star Award for special contribution of China's hotel industry, top 10 people of the year of China's hotel industry, etc. Ji was also awarded France’s highest honor for his extraordinary entrepreneurial career and his outstanding contribution to Sino-French economic cooperation in 2016. With the vision of "becoming a world-class great enterprise", China Hotel Group, led by Ji Qi, has ranked eighth in the global hotel group, and has formed a long-term strategic alliance with Accor hotel group to jointly open up hotel business in China. At present, Huazhu has more than 400 cities and overseas hotels with more than 6700 hotels and more than 100000 employees, and operates hotel brands covering all categories from luxury to economy.