Lest we forget, travel technology – for all its complexities and inherent challenges – is actually a vibrant sector and well mined by the independent developer community.
Right on time, like a shuttle bus arriving at the hotel with punctuality, US-based startup Mozio sets out to be an airport transportation search engine, enabling travelers to efficiently navigate their transit choices from the airport to the hotel using varying modes of transportation and doing so like a local.
The travel industry has a tendency to enjoy bashing itself for everything poor and bad its sees happening, sometimes looking outside to bring a fresh perspective.
Open APIs (those that are freely or cheaply and easily available) are great â€“ the travel industry has a long and checkered past with proprietary access to information that has, as most here will argue, stifled innovation.
The Travel Technology Initiative recently announced the launch of TTIcodes, an initiative to create “the definitive listing of properties” core information.
This wasn’t “a shot heard ’round the world,” but Amadeus accomplished something far-reaching in becoming the first GDS to enable travel agencies to issue IATA standard electronic miscellaneous documents through a settlement organization, in this case BSP.
An industry with multiple standards bodies using the same type of technology addressing the same business functions could be seen as an indication of an industry in some disarray.