#APIs in the Travel Industry

What is an API?

This is one of the issues we have been dealing with, since the first day of this blog. I started uploading articles and opinions on that, as well as tutorials. Dealing with this question again doesn’t feel like repeating myself, but more like I want to revisit it with a fresh approach.

Most of the web services that are being used these days have an API. As much as this word has become common in the field of information technology a lot of people with no technical background have little to no knowledge of what an API actually is. API stands for Application Program Interface and it is a set or collection of standards, routines, and protocols which help in accessing any software application that is web-based. APIs basically govern the communication between two applications or software. Explained simply, APIs can be considered as doors or windows that allow different data messages to go in or out of different web-based services or applications. The rules of these APIs allow them to control the flow of information and communication is completely governed and controlled. API doors will only be open to the software or applications that have the keys to the lock on the door. One thing that must be clarified over here is that an API does not interact with the user in any way. It is just an application to application interaction tool. The user is neither aware of this communication nor can they intervene with it.

APIs in Online Travel Industry:

The online travel agency in the world is a giant and complex web of several channels, networks, and applications working together simultaneously. The communication between these channels and applications is of paramount importance and the entire online travel industry depends on it. The main reason why any traveling company develops an API is that the application of the company is able to interact with other travel companies and suppliers such as hotels and airlines. Both applications are able to send and receive dynamic information to each other and create a system of communication between them. The information that is usually transferred via APIs are the prices and availability of different travel related product such as airline tickets and availability of rooms. Different suppliers of products in the field of traveling such as hotels and airlines also use API to make sure that their products are being viewed by a large audience.

The importance of APIs in the online traveling industry can be understood by its widespread usage. The whole industry is based on a complex and huge system of APIs that connect different applications and websites and make sure that correct information is always available for the users. Different entities in the traveling industry such as distribution system, traction hubs, reservation systems, merchandising platforms etc. are all connected with each other in a systematic manner. The main aim of this interconnectivity is to make sure that the link between supply and demand is always in the most effective and efficient form. This system is very complex mainly because of the fact that the users on different traveling websites are always expecting fast and accurate results in terms of availability and price. Most of the traveling websites are now also supporting several other facilities for their users such as car rentals, parking spots, local event bookings, tours etc. This adds to the burden of the system and new APIs are to be defined to make sure that the application or system is up to date according to these additional factors as well.

If we look at the overall online traveling industry a lot of information is always being sent and received between various different software and websites. Most of this information is in the API call, no matter if the response is in XML, JSON or YAML. APIs make sure that the transfer of this information is done in the correct and most effective way to make sure that the system is running correctly and no wrong information is being conveyed to the users. Following are some of the major travel industry related APIs.



TripAdvisor proudly calls themselves as the “world’s largest travel site”. They have more than 200 million customer reviews and opinions about different travel-related products such as restaurants, hotels, and airlines. The website of the company is the main thing that has attracted so many customers towards it. The website also gives developers the information about the APIs that the company is using. The developers who are eager to build their own travel-related applications can use The TripAdvisor Content API for this purpose. One of the best things about their API is that it even provides the information about the destination of the data that is being transferred to it. TripAdvisor also offers other APIs that can be used for B2B connectivity. The company is constantly at work to farther improve their system and make sure that their customers are always satisfied when they leave the website.

XML Travelgate:

XML Travelgate is a company that performs XML integrations for various travel-related purposes. The main aim of the company is to make sure that those API services are provided to different travel-related programs based on the three basic principles of cost saving, high service level, and extensive product catalog. The company provides their customers with a market leading technology to make sure that they become successful in the field of the online travel industry. The experts that are working for XML Travelgate make sure that the clients they are working for are able to focus more on the actual business than on the technology that is being used to run it. With dozens of highly satisfied clients from all over the world, this is one of the best companies doing XML integrations in the field of the online travel industry.


Sabre is another big name in the online travel and tourism industry. With clients ranging from airlines to car rental companies and hotels to travel agencies, Sabre has the ability to provide with just the right type of traveling solution for your company. Sabre Dev Studio provides developers with a nice and organized platform on which they can easily design and develop any travel related website or web application. Sabre also provides a number of APIs to their clients and their APIs can be used to feature their different traveling related platforms in different new and already existing applications or websites.

Concluding Thoughts

We are reaching the end of our journey into the Travel API Industry review. It remains in this section to summarize some of the key takeaways from the article in order to reinforce the main concepts. In this article, I did not even begin to scratch the industry, and you can definitely find more in the awesome stack network by Kin Lane, who needs no introduction. The idea behind such articles is that we can discuss our thoughts and our incentives in the business even though we may are not experts in that particular domain.

It is obvious that the Travel Industry has greatly been benefited by the new technology of sharing data through APIs. It has scaled the business to a whole new level of experience for the end users. No matter if you are Booking.com or just a small house that gets rent for Airbnb. You are still part of the ecosystem and APIs is where your clients will look for before eventually reach you out.


Build Your Own Udemy

Today we all are living in technological driven world where online learning has become an important and totally worthwhile way of learning on-the-go. Now our future of higher education lies in the hand of the online learning system. Nowadays college and university students find themselves burdened with Jobs and family commitments and having an option of studying at their own time has become a critically important part of their life, as its very convenient and less expensive for most of the students moreover, You can work on any course just about anywhere you have computer access.

Because of the expanding trend of online learning platforms like Udemy, khan academy, now the question arises is that how can we make our own online learning platform, what are the core technologies involved in developing such systems, the answer to that is Application programming interface (APIs). APIs are sets of instructions or requirements that govern how one application can communicate with another.

The function of an API is usually fairly straightforward and simple, the process of choosing which type of API to build, understanding why that type of API is appropriate for your application, and then designing it to work effectively is the key to giving your API a fairly long life and making sure that it’s used by developers.

There are many types of APIs available. For example, you may have heard of Java APIs or interfaces within different classes that let objects interact with each other in the Java programming language. Along with program-centric APIs, we also have Web APIs like the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), Remote Procedure Call (RPC), and the most popular at least in name, Representational State Transfer (REST).

There are more than one alternatives

If you’re looking for building your own platform for e-learning like Udemy, it’s important to decide which type of method you have in mind for the delivering lectures of courses that are offered, it can be audio, video or simple text. Video lectures are more in trend these days so now it’s important to know  how to make your own live streaming videos for course lectures, there are a lot of APIs that can offer to make an application that is user friendly and fast but for specific live video streaming Castasy is a good way of doing so as it’s a  cost efficient solution that has arrived in the form of a software  This new live streaming software comes with compatible versions for both iOS and Android devices and also comes in a desktop version. The software basically allows the user to have an application and website that could stream live videos with their own live streaming software. The user is capable of allowing access or denying access to any follower. Each video gets a separate URL and posting that specific URL in their browser, users can view the video at their desktops with the website version of that software. With different URLs users have the facility to view a number of videos available in the website version of the software The live streaming software also withholds a chat feature facilitating viewers to chat on videos as they are streamed so they can discuss relevant topics related to that video it’s a very good feature for e-academies as it helps the students to discuss different queries through chat.

Now if we talk about the most popular, known and very efficient API developer Citrix, Gotowebinar, and Udemy usually comes into the person’s mind now let’s look at them one by one and in detail.

What Citrix basically do is that these applications are streamed from a centralized specific location into an isolated environment where they are executed on different target devices. Application configuration, settings, and relevant files are copied to the client device. When you start the session virtualization, applications are delivered from hosting servers in the data center with the help of application streaming. The user is then connected to the server to which that specific application was delivered. The application is then executed on the server, and the server power is maximized. While the server receives mouse clicks and random keyboard strokes, it sends all the screen updates to the end user device.

GoToWebinar is a purpose-built for do-it-yourself Webinars, making it easy for multinational organizations to deliver their message to thousands of people at the same time, eliminating costly travel or expensive marketing promotions. Innovative in-session features and reports help businesses evaluate the success of their Webinars and to judge whether it was successful or not .it’s actually a Citrix production but it’s usually considered as a different API.

If we look at Udemy as an API we see that Depending on our intended use case, we may be interested in creating our own courses, basically our own platforms for e-learning, it helps us in developing that certain stage, we can consume premium courses, or develop our own through Udemy it’s an easy way to provide services online and earn a little bit of fortune.

API’s pricing benefits Availability
Gotowebinar For starters, it costs $89.00 and can provide services for up to 100 participants

For Pro it costs

$199.00/mo and can entertain up to

500 Participants

For plus it costs $429.00 and can provide services for

2000 Participants

·      Reliable

·      Ease of use

·      Cost efficient

·      Saves time and money that is otherwise consumed on marketing

Easily available in the US and outside of US
Citrix It ranges between 80$ to 500$ ·      standardized, common setup.

·      compress the data

·      it’ll encrypt the data for security

·      the performance is faster

·      centralized management

Easily available all around the globe
Udemy ·        list prices of Udemy range between $20 – $200.

·       Larger discounts are offered.

·       We can run promotions if different courses in 10 to 15$



  • The ability to create your own courses
  • The easiest opportunity to centralize your training materials
  • Easy Management of users and courses


Available all around the world


It is not as hard as you may think

Every API technologies have a lot of benefits and mostly are available all around the globe if we want to build our own e-learning platform it’s easier to utilize these APIs rather than developing our own, as its cost efficient and gives us all the desirable features whether it’s online streaming of lectures or publicity of a certain seminar they provide us with every feature necessary to develop our own Udemy .