SINGAPORE, 10 AUGUST 2010 The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has hitched its wagon to Microsoft's data-sharing platform, Project Nimbus Asia's first cloud-based information marketplace.
According to an official statement, STB is among the first organisations in Singapore to contribute information on Project Nimbus.
Project Nimbus was built to enable innovators to accelerate the development of applications through easy access to publicly available information. This platform allows developers to buy access to data and build apps whereas the data providers can use it to monetise existing data.
Leading the travel industry
Through this collaboration, STB aims to be a frontrunner and lead the travel industry in driving and promoting innovation in the digital domain, said the statement. As the first organisation in Singapore to contribute information related to tourism, STB will publish comprehensive listings of data, including hotels, attractions, business events taking place in Singapore as well as MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) organisers. The information will be updated on a regular basis to ensure that the data remains current. This will not only serve as a one-stop shop for innovators sourcing for tourism-related information but will increase accessibility to timely data.
As a result of this collaboration, STB has developed two smart phone applications the City Advantage Guide, and Wassup?.
The guide is a compact directory comprising a suite of lifestyle-related deals and privileges specially conceived for business travellers to enhance their experience in the city. Wassup? is a youth-oriented location-based application that will provide youth-centric information such as food and beverage, nightlife and entertainment offerings, movie listings, youth activities, and social networking functions.
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