Expedia, the travel resource to plan a trip from beginning to end, features an Android SDK. The project contains 2 components: An Android optimized Java library to make calls to the Expedia Affiliate Network API and a sample Android app that uses the API to visualize the example of the calls made. The requirements to create applications with travel features include Java JDK 1.6+ and Apache Ant 1.7+. The Expedia Android SDK needs to have the tools and the platform directories on the path, and supports Android version Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 and above. If users are have additional interest about development possibilities such as how to build a fully API dependent site, style content to a particular business model, or control brand with SEO/SEM benefits, then they can use the Expedia EAN API. With the EAN API, users can register for an API key and launch a site.
It's funny that when I talk to people in the travel industry about mashups and APIs, most of them get glazed looks in their eyes. Throw in terms like location based services or geospatial awareness and I've lost them. What most of them don't realize is that the majority of the travel apps that are starting to come out, both online and for mobile are mashups that are relying on location awareness and geospatial data. Many of them, like Pocketvillage are a consumer interface on top of a variety of APIs all normalized for a single homogenous user experience. That's right, it's essentially a metasearch tool that pulls in content from a variety of sources including Viator, GetYourGuide, TourCMS, Rezgo, AirBnB, and many others. What differentiates a metasearch like Pocketvillage from other metasearch applications however, is the fact that with location based services enabled, Pocketvillage can return content based on your current location. The issue right now however is that not all geo data is equal. Not all APIs provide geolocation information and some return it based on different criteria.
Cabforce; advanced booking service for taxis, minibuses and executive cars; just announced its Cabforce Taxi Content Hub. The new offering provides the Taxi API that developers can integrate with third party travel applications to retrieve routes and rates as well as book flat-rate rides. The API grants full access to Cabforce's platform which organizes a fleet of more than 10,000 cabs and private cars throughout Europe and New York.