Read common questions and answers about .travel domains

About Domain Names

What is a Domain Name and how is it organised?

A domain name is the text name corresponding to the numeric IP address of a computer on the Internet. Internet users access pages of a website using a web address aka URL. The domain name is at the heart of that web address.

Domain names are organized in different levels. The primary domain level is called a top-level domain (TLD). They include generic top-level domains (gTLDs) such as .com,.net and .org, and  country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) such as, etc.  Each TLD is operated by an entity called a Registry.

Below these top-level domains are the second-level and third-level domain names that are registered  by the Registry. For example, in the name, the word “Tralliance” is a name at the second level. A name at the third level might be, where “Oxford” is a name at the third level.

All domain name registrations are handled by registrars, who are the businesses with which domain name users have their contact at the time of registration.

What is the purpose of a domain name?

Domain names act as memorable addresses for Internet users. Originally used as a single address for a business on the Internet, the expansion of the Internet has caused domain name use to evolve. Since all domain names have extremely low costs associated with them, multiple domain names for products, services and business units, as well as registration across many TLDs, offers low cost marketing access to more than 2 billion Internet users.

A domain name registration with a registrar confers an exclusive right of use of the domain name by the registrant. However, since a registration grants only use rights, the registrant is not the legal owner of the domain name.

There are currently over 200 million active domain names. At most recent count, there are approximately 2.3 billion Internet users, with China having the largest number of users, followed by the United States.

Background of .travel
General Information

Why .travel?

By the end the twentieth century, it was widely acknowledged and recognised that the travel and tourism sector, one of the biggest industries and a key engine of global economic growth, needed a dedicated top level domain name. The spectacular development of the Internet and the huge amount of information available to users meant that it was becoming increasingly confusing to find the relevant content and information among millions of sites and pages, many of which were put up by individuals who did not have a recognised and genuine travel and tourism related businesses. .travel, a pioneer in this field, was therefore set up to help businesses promote themselves on the Internet and help users identify the best places to find any travel related information. The fact that many Top Level Domains (TLDs) are being created and seek to emulate .travel, shows the increasing relevance and popularity of meaningful domain names.

How long has .travel been in existence?

On May 5, 2005, Tralliance signed a contract with ICANN to operate the .travel top level domain (TLD), which is exclusively reserved for the travel industry.

Who can buy a .travel name?

.travel is available to companies organizations and individuals who are participants in the travel and tourism industry. All you need is a Member Number. Click here to get yours.

What is .travel's global spread? Is it used in my home market/country?

There are now tens of thousands of .travel domain names in use around the world and the number is constantly growing. Although initially set up in the USA, .travel now has a global reach and is present and used by businesses in markets as diverse as Argentina,  India, France, Turkey and Russia.

English is not widely spoken in my market? Why should .travel work? Is there a language equivalent that I can use?

The term ‘travel’ is widely understood and used in non English speaking countries, especially within the Travel & Tourism sector. As such, a website with a .travel ending name will be universally recognised as a travel and tourism related organisation/business. As a result, many businesses use .travel as a mean to increase their online visibility outside their domestic market.

Who uses .travel?

You can find examples of high profile .travel users in our “Testimonial Section”.  Many national and regional tourism boards now use .travel as the best way to promote their country or region, such as Egypt, China, UK, Costa Rica, Arizona and San Francisco. An increasing number of tour operators, ground handlers, hotels, airlines, associations and providers of travel & tourism services around the world, also use .travel.

How does it work?

How do search engines collect, interpret and rank search results, more specifically with regard to .travel?

Google and other search engines return search results for .travel names.

Search engines work as follows:

1. The Internet user sends a query.

2. The Web Servers send the query to the Index servers. The content inside the Index Servers is similar to the index in the back of a book, telling which pages contain the words that match any query term.

3. The Index Servers sends the query result to the user. Each search engine applies private ranking procedures that are modified frequently.

4. The search results are returned to the user in a fraction of a second

How can I measure that .travel works and increases my visibility in overseas markets?

Search engines are always changing their methods, and the way you set up and use your website name has a definite impact on your search results, so the best way to see the impact of a domain name is to look at the results of long-time users of the .travel domain name. Check the list below to see how .travel ranks in Google. Of course, good results with .travel do not mean that you should sell or stop using your existing domain names. You should consider using .travel, in addition to your existing names, to increase your global visibility in the travel community.. Check here how ranks .travel in Google for this example searches.

San Francisco

See our testimonial section.

Who do I contact if I want to speak to a .travel representative?

Just send an email to us at including your phone number and we will have a representative call you.

Main Organizations Involved in .travel and their Role

Who is Tralliance?

Tralliance, based in Fort Lauderdale Florida, is the Registry for the .travel TLD and as such, operates it. See below for more information about what the Registry does.

What is a Registry?

The Registry is the body responsible for the registration of domain names in the TLD. The .travel Registry develops products and services to promote the efficiencies and convenience of e-commerce for travel and tourism companies on the Internet. Designed to serve the global travel and tourism community, the major aims of the .travel Top Level Domain (TLD) are improved Internet identity, creation of advanced distribution channels, and the establishment of a strong trust factor between the industry and its customers.

Who is The Travel Partnership Corporation?

The Travel Partnership Corporation (TTPC) is a non-profit corporation formed for the purpose of advising the .travel TLD. Membership in TTPC is open to travel industry associations. For more information, visit

Who is ICANN?

ICANN stands for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. ICANN is the global, non-profit, private sector body responsible for coordinating the Domain Name System (DNS) and is also responsible for centralized coordination of certain functions of the Internet, particularly top level domains and registrars. ICANN’s mission is to protect the stability, integrity and utility of the DNS and the one authoritative root on behalf of the global internet community. It is responsible for development of consensus policies, which include those that allow the orderly introduction of the new TLDs. The new TLDs are intended to address issues such as cyber-squatting and trademark infringement, but also to innovate new methods of search, navigation, and domain names distribution to add value services.

What is a Registrar?

A Registrar is a business that is approved by ICANN to accept applications for registration of domain names by consumers. Registrars communicate registration requests to the applicable registry and, if the requested name is available, they complete the name registration with the Registry. Registrars take contact and administration data from a registrant and are responsible for renewing name registrations for a registrant. Tralliance has approved a list of Registrars for the registration of .travel domain names.

To view the list of .travel accredited registrars, please go to:

Acquiring a .travel name
Eligibility and Authentication

How do I know if I am eligible for .travel?

Any participant in the travel and tourism industry is eligible to register a .travel name. Just go to our Get Member Number page and you can complete your eligibility review right now!

Why do I need to authenticate?

The .travel TLD serves only the travel and tourism community. The authentication process enables us to identify travel and tourism participants.

What information do I need to provide for the authentication process?

The authentication process is simple. Just go to our Get Your Member Number page and you will see how easy it is.

How long does it take to be authenticated?

If you go to our Get Your Member Number page you will get your Member Number automatically and immediately.

When I receive my Member Number, does it mean that I am authenticated?

You will receive your Member Number immediately (A Member Number is also called a UIN). You will also receive a confirmation email. Be sure to note your UIN as you will need to give it to your registrar.

What if I my website is not live but I still want to buy name? Am I still eligible? What information do I need to provide?

Yes, you are eligible to be a .travel member so long as you have plans to participate in the .travel industry.

Do I have to pay to be authenticated?

No, the eligibility review process is free. Name registration carries a cost that is set by the registrar you select.

Purchase of a .travel name

How long do I have to wait after my authentication application has been confirmed, before I can register a .travel name?

You can purchase a .travel name immediately, providing that you have your Member Number with you at the time of purchase.

How do I know if the .travel name I wish to register is available?

You can check the WHOIS directory on If the name is available, a message will be returned indicating that “there were no records matching your WHOIS’s query”. If the name is not available, a form will be returned containing details of the domain name and its current owner. Alternatively, you can go directly to the website of your chosen Registrar to check if your preferred name is available, before you register it.

But you should be aware that some names (such as country names) are reserved and even though they seem to be available when you check WHOIS, they are blocked.

What do I do if my chosen name is not available in .travel?

Should the name that you wish to register no longer be available, you should try to register an alternative name close to your original choice, with variants. We also recommend that you register more than one domain name to increase your search ranking and visibility.

Can I buy the name back from a current .travel holder? If so, what is the process?

Each registration has a record called a “whois” record that can be found by searching for the name at Once you have located the registrant you may contact them to inquire about a possible name purchase from them.  There is no need to go to their registrar. However, many registrants use their registrar’s contact information and you may find that you have contacted the registrar.

Which types of .travel names are still pre-reserved or not available to purchase?

Many names are either reserved by .travel or blocked by direction of ICANN. Examples of blocked names are country names and two-character names. You can search our reserved list at to see if a name you would like is reserved. Two character names are blocked and will not appear on the reserved search list.

Where do I find the list of Registrars?

The full list of authorised .travel registrars can be found on

Which Registrar should I use?

It is up to you to decide which Registrar you would like to purchase your .travel name(s) from.

You may choose a Registrar located within or close to your country/market if you are more comfortable with a local player (for language, pricing and cultural purposes) or check the websites of a number of Registrars and compare their prices before you make your final decision.

There are also Registrars who only register their own members. If you belong to any of these Registrars, you can purchase your name through them. The list is available on

Why is the price of .travel domain name higher than other Top Level Domain Names (TLDs)?

.travel is a specialized TLD supporting the travel and tourism industry. To preserve our community focus we check that you are a travel and tourism related participant, before you can register a .travel domain name.  A .travel name stands out, presents a clear message of your company and enables you to promote your business within and outside your domestic market.

With the multiplication of Top Level Domains (TLDs), is the initial impact and benefits of .travel not being diluted?

On the contrary, the arrival of potentially hundreds of new Top Level Domains is a direct result of an increasingly crowded internet, making it more difficult and confusing for users to find relevant websites and content. Many organisations and sectors now recognize the need, pioneered since 2005 by .travel, to have relevant and meaningful domain names that “stand out from the crowd”.  What better way to promote a travel and tourism related business that having a .travel ending name!

In the next three years more than a thousand new TLDs have been approved and most have already been launched. Most of these will be directed to specialized markets. It is clear that TLDs in the future must assist their registrants to identify their purpose and activity in order to attract their customers out of billions of users.

Does the cost of a .travel registration vary between Registrars?

The cost of a .travel registration is set by each registrar individually based on their bundle of provided products and services. For example, many registrars provide website or email services. Please go to to view the list of .travel accredited Registrars. Registrars charge $85 and more per name depending on their services.

If I acquire a .travel domain name, should I continue using my existing .com,, etc and why?

Yes, .travel does not have to be a substitute for your existing domain names (unless they are no longer available). We recommend that you continue to using your existing domain names for your domestic market and use .travel to promote your business/site in overseas markets where it is more likely to be visible than a .com or ending names, for example.

English is not widely spoken in my market? Why should .travel work? Is there a language equivalent that I can use?

The term ‘travel’ is widely understood in most countries and most travel and tourism related businesses know enough English to understand the meaning of travel. Moreover, being a truly universal and internationally known word means that websites ending in .travel will be recognized and sought all over the world.