U.S. online travel giant invests $500 million in China’s Didi


Didi Chuxing dominates China’s ride-hailing market.

BEIJING — Chinese ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing has received a $500 million investment from U.S. travel firm Booking Holdings Inc., in a boost for its aggressive plan to enter new markets outside of China.

The two firms announced the investment in a joint statement on Tuesday but its details were not disclosed. Didi, which is expected to launch an initial public offering at some time, is currently valued at $56 billion.

Booking Holdings, which changed its name from Priceline Group Inc. earlier this year, will allow users in its apps to hail Didi cars as part of the agreement, they said.

The new funds come as Didi is expanding heavily into several new overseas markets, where it hopes to challenge U.S. ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc.

The company has recently launched services in Mexico, Australia and Japan, fueled by a $4 billion funding round in December that was earmarked for new markets as well as artificial intelligence (AI).

It has also invested in a handful of Uber competitors in other markets, including Brazil’s 99, India’s Ola, Singapore’s Grab and U.S.-based Lyft.

Booking Holdings, which is currently valued at over $97 billion, oversees some of the world’s most popular travel booking sites including Bookings.com, Agoda.com, KAYAK and Priceline.com.

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