The Financial Times reports China’s budget hotel chains are beginning an overseas push to serve the country’s swelling numbers of international travelers. With some 2,500 hotels in China, the 7 Days Inn is a mainstay of budget travel in the country. As its home market slowed, the brand opened locations in Austria’s Linz and Salzburg last year, while a 95-room “7 Days Premium” hotel will this week open in Vienna with easy connections to the Schonbrunn Palace. Other 7 Days Premium hotels are due to open in Berlin, Munich, Leipzig and Venice in the next 12 months. Another budget hotel chain, GreenTree Inns, has opened branches in the US, Thailand and Vietnam since 2015, while rival Huazhu Group formed an alliance with French company Accor last year aimed at international expansion.
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