Commenting on the implementation of Multimap’s API on www.allukhotels.com, Adrian Currie, Managing Director of Active Hotels said, “Multimap’s API represents a major advance in location-based services, and significantly enhances the end user’s experience. Implementing the service puts us and our sister companies very much at the head of the pack when it comes to offering travelers useful, interactive, and rich experiences online, representing great time-savings for them while they’re doing their research. We are pleased to say that the feedback we’ve been receiving from our users has been highly positive.”
Commenting on the Multimap API v.1.2, Jeff Kelisky, CEO of Multimap, said, “We are proud to offer the latest version of our API service (version 1.2) to the industry. Ease and speed of implementation are key considerations driving many businesses to embrace the new service, with the ability to be up and running with a highly interactive, signature site in a matter of hours. We are delighted to count Active Hotels among the innovative companies that have already embraced the new service, and look forward to seeing many more businesses worldwide following suit!”
Jeff is inviting attendees at the Travel Technoloy Show to the presentation that he is co-hosting with Johannes Kebeck, Virtual Earth Technology Specialist, Microsoft on the growing use of online mapping in the travel industry, at 11.15am on the 14th February. The high-profile speakers will examine how online mapping and location-based services are evolving, the benefits of incorporating these services into travel websites, and what’s involved in creating mash-ups that combine maps with location-based information.
Jeff also invites travel professionals to visit Multimap’s stand (no. C44) to see live examples, and access demonstrations of the Multimap API v. 1.2. The latest release breaks new ground in bringing together searching, routing, mapping, geocoding, and POI data and imagery into a single one-stop service. The service gives businesses unprecedented capability and control over their location services, and comes complete with Multimap’s industry-leading customer support. The API offers major new areas of functionality, and also takes Multimap’s mapping interface to a new level, with the addition of overview maps, smooth zooming, automatic de-cluttering of icons, and many other features*.
Features and capabilities of Multimap’s API version 1.2 include:
Mapping - draggable maps with fast fill’ smooth zooming; suite of widgets (including location breadcrumbs, overview map, map tools, zoom slider); custom menus, map interactions and events; custom markers with automatic de-clutter’, tabbed info boxes, dynamic text and icons; and choice of map types (map, aerial imagery*, hybrid*) and styles (local*, global) – (* where available).
- Searching - choice of search modes, including search by radius, location ID, bounding box, donut and driving distance, search along route and non-spatial search; custom result ordering, pagination and display; fuzzy searching (including starts with, ends with, contains, sounds like); and plug-and-play POI data.
- Routing - point-to-point, multiple via points and travelling salesman’ optimization; multi-language directions; multi-modal routing (e.g., drive to here, then walk to here) and avoid specific road types; choice of outputs (text, highlight, expense claim’, summary); enabled for route animation.
- Local Information* - Points of Interest (POI) can be easily displayed on maps, and routed to and from. Multimap provides access to a large range of POI, including schools, transportation, restaurants and bars, ATMs, car parks and more.
Multimap is one of the world’s leading providers of mapping and location-based services. The company delivers more online maps, point-to-point driving directions and geo-spatial ("where's my nearest?") searches to more companies than any other supplier in Europe. All services are offered on mobile, PDA, kiosk, and interactive TV platforms. We also offer a highly-functional API (Application Programming Interface).
The public website, www.multimap.com, provides a range of free, useful services to assist with everyday life. Key features include street-level maps of Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia; road maps of the world; door-to-door travel directions; aerial photographs; links to location information; and services such as hotel, restaurant and entertainment booking. The public site attracts over 10 million unique users, registers more than 190 million page impressions every month, and is one of the top 10 most visited websites in the UK.
Multimap recently featured in The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 league table of fastest-growing unquoted UK companies across all sectors. In 2006, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Multimap The Queen's Award for Enterprise in the innovation category, and Multimap was one of only three companies to feature in the Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 league of fastest-growing unquoted UK technology companies for the fourth year running. Also in 2006, the company featured in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 for the UK and Ireland, and the D eloitte Technology Fast 500 for EMEA. Multimap also featured in the Deloitte Touche's Technology Fast 50 league for London and Southern England in 2005 and, in the same year, Red Herring named Multimap as one of the Top 100 private companies in Europe.
About Active Hotels
Active Hotels is a leading provider of confirmed online reservations to the European hotel industry. The company is creating mutually beneficial partnerships that enable hoteliers, travel agents and travel websites to benefit from the fast growing market for online hotel reservations. Active Hotels is successfully delivering increased reservations and revenue to thousands of hotels across the UK and Europe by exposing them to a global audience through its extensive distribution network.
With over 2,300 hotels under contract, Active Hotels has the largest collection of properties in the UK that can be booked in real-time. Active Hotels’ properties have visibility on over 1,500 websites across the Internet and electronic networks. The company’s hotel network is continually growing with approximately 50 new hotels registering every month. Active Hotels aims to bring its hotels and distribution partners to the forefront of the European online reservation market.