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What is Hotel API?

Ah! Online travel! The most penetrated e-commerce segment, yet still so full of opportunities. So innovative and yet so broken. I think of some of the massive game-changers in recent years and how much road has already been covered. From the early days of Expedia and its wizard packaging skills to Google’s landmark acquisition of ITA to (of course) the rise of Airbnb. The list is endless. Flights are where most of the visible progress has been made; I mean, you can actually book a flight online, especially with direct airline connectivity going mainstream. You can predict hotel prices from more than 200 inline travel agents (like booking, expedia, hotels.com,etc) using MAkCorps Hotel API. The wonderfully messy world of hospitalityHotels are a different story. Connectivity is not solved, far from it. On the face of it, the industry juggernauts have massive connectivity; Amadeus and Travelport both claim 650,000 properties on their platform. But in practice, it’s an unusable mess. Talk…

The best Travel APIs (discover & contribute)

APIs and data feeds are the lifeblood of the travel industry. They power everything from selling flight tickets to beautiful map-based travel guides. Think about it. It’s amazing that entrepreneurs can make use of all the existing infrastructure and data to build exciting new things on top of it. Want to build an recommendation engine for worldwide spontaneous trips, combining flight ticket prices and weather data? Not a problem. This is why we want to start a collection of great travel APIs to work with. The following list is certainly missing a ton of interesting services, so please drop us a line, if you know of other exciting APIs. The only two requirements are that the API is related to the realm of travel and somewhat universal (public transportation data for an individual city is great but not for this list). AccommodationHotelsCombined Data FeedsHotel metasearch (price comparison) data Expedia Affiliate Network APIFull-stack hotel search and booking API MakCorps Hotel Review Data A…

5 EXCELLENT WEBSITES FOR CHECKING GOOGLE KEYWORD RANKINGS

One of the essential elements of SEO is picking the right keyword, making them rank & track the keyword position in search. It is absolutely necessary for a blogger or SEO professional to check their Google keyword ranking for target keywords. One of the most common mistakes bloggers and website administrators make is that they write and publish articles without targeting any keywords at all. It takes only 10-15 minutes to use keyword research tools like SEMRUSH or the KWfinder to find which keywords to use. Make sure you take advantage of these tools in order to accomplish this very important step! Once you are finished writing an SEO-optimized post using your target keywords, your next task is to keep track of its search engine rankings and to continue building backlinks with the proper anchor text. **Again, proper keyword selection is one of the main factors involved in achieving a better ranking in Google’s search engine.** Every blogger must aim to use the keywords which users…

Data and Analytics Can Help You Distribute Your Hotel Inventory Effectively & Run Hotel Profitably

The Internet has had an impact on almost every industry out there and how could the hotel industry be an exception to this revolution. Traditional booking mechanisms like phones and agents have been replaced by OTAs, brand websites, and other channels. Some channels are more profitable or we can say less costly than others are. Hotels have to continuously make sure that they are using the most profitable channel to sell their inventory to maximize revenues. Yielding and Pricing strategy has the prime role to play in determining which channel shall be used to maximize revenues. However, some hotel revenue managers fail to determine which channels have been major contributors to the revenue against the cost incurred on them. Studies reveal that the cost of distribution has grown manifold as compared to revenues. This scenario can be detrimental to the health of the hotel industry in the long run and calls for hoteliers to adopt measures to control distribution costs. Some channels even…