The travel industry’s very own Internet domain .travel will go live on 3 October 2005. It will be available on a first come first served basis. NetNames has been appointed as one of the very few accredited registrars for
.travel and is
urging businesses involved in the travel industry to be aware of the need
competitors and potential cybersquatters around the world by protecting
trademarks online. ABTA is also encouraging members to act now and is
NetNames as one of its preferred partners for .travel domain names.
The new .travel domain name is available to any organisation operating in
industry. It has been
introduced to ensure they have their own reserved area on the web. It will
identify genuine, accredited travel industry operators. However the
costly disputes over domain names such as cheapflights.travel to which
organisations around the world may be able to stake a claim.
“The .travel domain may be good news for the travel industry providing it
new, dedicated home on the Internet,” says Jonathan Robinson, business
director, NetNames. “But companies involved in the travel industry need to
quickly to ensure they protect their online brands from potential threats
world. Given the importance of this new domain name for the travel
would urge companies to make applications as early as possible.
Applications will be
dealt with in the order in which they are received so any delay could mean
being registered elsewhere and to the opportunity lost or worse for your
Organisations wishing to register for the .travel domain must be
This is an essential preliminary validation process that permits an
make an application for a travel domain and can be done through the travel
association you belong to. Tralliance Corporation is the body ultimately
for overseeing the release of the .travel domain, maintaining the
database and drawing up the rules. Applications for .travel domains must
through an accredited registrar such as NetNames. Further information can
found at www.gtld.com .