Hospitality firm OYO Rooms on Wednesday said China Lodging Group has signed an agreement to invest $10 million (over ₹63 crore) as equity in the company.

OYO had recently raised $250 million in a funding round led by Softbank Vision Fund.

As per the Memorandum of Understanding, the partnership will combine the technology strengths and operational expertise of OYO with China Lodging Group’s extensive coverage and strong development capability in China, OYO said in a statement.

OYO founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal said: “We are very excited about this partnership — both in terms of potential opportunities and existing synergies through our complementary strengths and capabilities.”

“The MoU signifies the shared aspirations of China Lodging Group and OYO to explore growing opportunities in the global hospitality industry and to create synergies by working together,” said China Lodging Group CEO Jenny Zhang.

Partnership aims

Under the terms of the pact, China Lodging Group and OYO will explore knowledge- and technology-sharing projects of mutual interest in the fields of technology and hospitality among other things, the statement said.

This could include exchange programme for employees, sharing of technology and intellectual property, it added.

“The partnership is also expected to leverage benefits from economies of scale, not limited to, sourcing and procurement and joint loyalty programmes”, the statement said.

OYO currently operates in over 230 cities across India, Malaysia and Nepal. China Lodging Group is a leading hotel operator and franchisor in China.