Mashups using the same API (2)
The travel site Orbitz has partnered with Google to show a virtual walking tour of the neighborhood around a hotel. You and I know it as the Street View API, part of Google Maps (our Google Maps API profile).
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.
Riders on New York City subways are subject to all sorts of sights. For several months, that has included prominent advertisements for the MTA API, the developer program of New York City's transit company. The ad (pictured below) includes the headline, "Our apps are whiz kid certified."
||The Faretrotter API is a restful API returning data on places, transportation for flights, trains, buses, and more. With endpoints that support flexible geolocation parameter inputs, with many open...||Travel||02.04.2018|
||The Trawex XML API is third party travel inventories integration for XML that includes flight, hotel, car, insurance and more. Trawex mobile and web products allow TMC and Travel Agencies to...||Travel||02.02.2018|
||The Trawex Transfer API provides access to a transfer reservation system for holiday and business travel transfers from airports, harbor and resorts via taxi, minibus, coach and more. Trawex mobile...||Travel||02.02.2018|
||The Trawex Sightseeing API provides access to Trawex activities and sightseeing services that allows you to accept online booking, process payment and manages customers destination points of interest...||Travel||02.02.2018|
Trawex Holiday Package
||The Trawex Holiday Package API provides access to Trawex vacation packages. It is a web based vacation package reservation system. Trawex mobile and web products allow TMC and Travel Agencies to...||Travel||02.02.2018|