Travel Weekly “New top-level Internet domains could be good for .travel” 7.7.08

New top-level Internet domains could be good for dot-travel by Dan Luzadder

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number, or ICANN, approved a plan to virtually remove restrictions on obtaining new top-level domains, a process that up until now has been tightly controlled.

All Internet addresses are currently assigned names that end with one of a short list of extensions, including .com, .net, .gov and a few other specialty domains, including .travel.

But the policy changes will loosen ICANN’s grip on top-level domains and allow suffixes based on most anything: industries, destinations, private business or even individual names. ICANN said it would also allow specific language suffixes and the use of language characters other than the English alphabet.

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Who can register a .travel domain?
A .travel domain name is available to everyone who provides or plan to provide services, products or content in or to the travel industry. New travel startups are welcome, and that includes every new travel content provider.

Please enter your name without diacritical marks (accents, umlauts etc), using the unmarked character.

Please tell us how you plan to use your .travel domain name. E.g. Restaurant website, blog, hotel booking, travel agency site.