Home Inns Doubled from Debut

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It’s about $44 now. Today IBD published an article about Home Inns. The author’s view is a little too optimistic: as I understand serious domestic competitor includes motel168, besides the Jinjiang Inn. I noticed Jinjiang Inn also offers free broad band Internet now, as this was a key differentiator for Home Inn/Ru Jia in the past. Super 8, the US motel Chain, is also expanding very aggressively in China.

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“In addition to the 134 hotels it has open, Home Inns says 48 more are under contract — 28 of which it will lease and operate, with the remaining 20 franchised.” It’s not just the number of hotels, the thing matters is the number of leased and operated hotels.

PS, I am wary of the analogy to “starbucks”. How many companies/people tried to be next Microsoft/Bill Gates? Only one succeeded (Google). Or you can count Apple if you like. Very limited…

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