Publish your Alpaca journeys in ATDW

by Zoe Manderson

You can now plot journeys in Alpaca’s new Create editor, and those journeys can be distributed via ATDW (for Australian users). Leverage the power of Alpaca’s journey mapping and publishing tools, and the distribution of ATDW’s database. Plot once, publish and distribute anywhere.

If you have an ATDW Contributor API Key, you can get started right away, for anyone else interested in getting a Key, follow the steps outlined below.

Why would you want to do this?

Alpaca’s mapping toolkit
By using Alpaca’s journey and itinerary plotting tools, you can easily create and customise your journey content, making it more engaging for your audience. Beyond a simple route line on a map, with Alpaca you can add;

– rich media content
– points of interest along the way
– highlights gallery
– trip stats
– different modes of transport
– day segments

Alpaca’s embeds for publishing to your own website
For any journey created with alpaca, you also can embed that interactive map on your own website. Alpaca has a range of display templates which means we have done the hard work so that all you have to do is select your preferred display, then add the embed code to your webpage with one click.

Greater exposure with ATDW’s Distribution
Journeys contributed to ATDW can be distributed to thousands of other tourism websites, providing greater exposure for your content to a wider audience.

How do I obtain an ATDW Contributor API Key?

  • ATDW will then manually enable the CAPI key for the requested organisation.

I already have CAPI access, where do I find my key?

  • Once ATDW have enabled the Contribution API permission, a unique key is generated.
  • Log in to your ATDW account online.
  • Navigate to ‘Account’ from the left-hand menu bar.
  • Click on ‘All Your Plans’ and you can see your Contribution API key

How do I activate this option in Alpaca?

Connecting your atdw contribute API to alpaca
  • Starting in your dashboard home screen.
  • Click into your ‘Profile’ section on the left-hand side
  • Select ‘Integrations’
  • Select ‘Manage’ ATDW
  • Add in your API Key and toggle on to ‘Contribute Journeys’
  • ‘Update’
  • For each journey you plot, you can select whether it is contributed to ATDW or not. It does not automatically contribute it, you need to manually select to.
  • Within the right-hand content panel of a journey, you will find an ‘Integrations’ section.
  • Expand open this section to see the option to ‘Publish to ATDW Contribute API’.
  • Click the pencil to activate this selection

A new content checking step

Before the journey is ‘pushed’ into ATDW, Alpaca automatically reviews your content and classifications to ensure that it is including everything it needs to have.

This process will highlight any ‘Errors’ or ‘Suggestions just to the left of the ‘Publish’ button in the header.

‘Errors’ must be resolved before the journey can be added to ATDW. ‘Suggestions’ are recommendations to enhance your content and improve the quality.