The TourCMS Marketplace Node.js Sample Code by TourCMS presents developers how to interact with the API, aiming to implement tour features into travel applications. The code shows API Key, marketplace ID, and channel ID as initial authentication tools. A client can generate requests and responses as inquired by a user.
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.
Fifteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Air Travel, Messaging, DevOps, Booking and others. Featured today is an API for 3D map platform Melown, and and API for Line social network-like messaging platform. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.