There is no doubt that there is a lot of money to be made in travel. Heck, travel (globally) accounts for over 12% of the World’s GDP. That is some serious coin. You have an incredible idea for a web application that is going to make travellers love you and make you rich at the same time. The question is… who should I connect with and why? Here is a quick run down on the pros and cons of connecting with the likely, and not so likely, hotel distribution partners.
This past week 10 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 42 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Aviary Effects, Barcelona Bicing, Google Shopping Content, Google Shopping Search, Google Translator Toolkit and Next Big Sound. The most often used APIs this week are eBay, Facebook and Google Maps. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Shopping (9 APIs, 10 mashups), Mapping (6 APIs, 9 mashups) and Music (3 APIs, 4 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
If there is a segment that is ripe for integration it is travel. APIs in the travel segment have been around for a very long time. In fact, some of the earliest APIs are based on Electronic Data Interchange, which dates back to the 1960s. Granted many of these connections are highly complex enterprise only integrations, it is a history that should bode well for modern day integrations, should it not? Despite a long history of interconnectedness, much of the travel space still remains behind closed doors. The major global distribution systems, represented by Sabre, Travelport, and Amadeus all offer powerful APIs of their own, but their commercial requirements tend to be out of the league of most application developers.
In spite of the limitations the travel industry has effectively self imposed, there still exists many opportunities to monetize sites using travel APIs. There are several types of APIs available in the travel space. Most are transactional and some are content driven. Let’s take a look a broad categorization of available travel APIs.
This week we had 45 new APIs added to our API directory including a URL shortening tool, website speed scorer, personal task list service, electric vehicle charging point database, realtime mapping service, bug tracking software, code review tool and website owner verification service. We covered the PubSubHubbub service in more detail on the blog. Below is more details on each of these 45 new APIs.
Flight price tracker Yapta’s value proposition sounds a bit like Robin Hood of the travel industry. It will not only track travel prices for you, but to help you get a refund should the price of your reservation fall after you’ve booked it. I wouldn’t be surprised if Yapta can also be used to retrieve kittens from high branches, but that part of the Yapta API isn’t documented yet.
This past week the new mashups added to our mashup directory used 29 different APIs. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Active, ChaCha, JoyRack Games and World Time Engine. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Google Maps and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (4 APIs, 11 mashups), Utility (3 APIs, 3 mashups) and Shopping (3 APIs, 3 mashups).
This past week 14 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 32 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Bing Maps, ChartLyrics Lyric, PDF Generator, Retro Avatar, and Stylight. The most often used APIs this week are Google Chart, Google Homepage, and YouTube. And the most frequently used types of APIs were Social (4 APIs, 4 mashups), Shopping (4 APIs, 5 mashups), and Mapping (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
This week we had 7 new APIs added to our API directory including web services for file sharing via Twitter, payment processing, music community and sharing, travel tour and hotel bookings, as well as programmatic access to government 311 call center services. Here are details on each of these APIs:
Wikia Search has announced a new feature called Wikia Intelligent Search Extensions, or WISE, which founder Jimmy Wales likens to “Facebook Apps for search results.” The new platform allows third parties to build applications, called WISEApps, that Wikia Search users can enable in their accounts and which add additional functionality to relevant search results (more at our Wikia API profile). For example, the results for an ordinary search for “Chicago weather” will include a link to AccuWeather.com, but if the user enables the AccuWeather.com WISEApp, the search result will include a full graphical five-day weather forecast.
Did you know you could use Web 2.0 APIs to search for fares or make travel bookings? Here are 5 APIs with functions ranging from travel search to availability checks to booking. And as you can see from our listing of 236 mashups tagged “travel” that travel is a very popular subject for mashups, with [...]