What is an API?

API… if you work with a tour operators, online travel services, airlines or hotels, you’ve probably heard someone reference their API. If you’re planning to attend a big travel industry trade show like IPW, the ABA Marketplace, World Travel Market or ITB, you’re going to hear about it. So what is an API and why do so many travel trade buyers and package tour planners use them?

We found this great video that helps explain the role of APIs even in our b2b, b2c, tourism and trade trade world. Take a look.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR…

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Stephen Ekstrom is a well-recognized tourism marketing expert whose influence reaches millions of travelers every year. He's been profiled by the New York Times and appeared on CBS, NBC and NY1. He is a fixture in the travel trade and has served as a board member, expert panelist, committee chair, mentor and program facilitator. Relate Strategy Group, founded by Ekstrom in 2010, manages a network of over 22,000 opted-in global travel trade buyers and professional travel planners, advising, teaching and assisting smart travel industry suppliers and destination marketers. Stephen currently lives in South Florida with his two dogs, Match & Rudy.