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    by Anonymous on Saturday December 11 2004, @06:31PM (#14549)
    ICANN is talking about expanding their
    "Proof-of-Concept" TLD market trials to
    include a very limited and restricted .TRAVEL.
    Regional names, generic geographic names, etc.
    will not be allowed. They are apparently
    mainly attempting to attract the large
    travel trademark owners to boot-strap the .TRAVEL TLD.

    New.Net of course also has a .TRAVEL market-trial
    in progress. They already have ICANN Registrars
    selling .TRAVEL names. The geographic restrictions
    are not there.

    The new DNS software also supports .TRAVEL by
    first sending a query to the name-servers for
    [name]-travel.com and asking those servers if
    they know what name-servers support [name].travel.
    This allows the market-trial to roll-out on a
    name-by-name basis and avoid the illegal ICANN
    lotteries and other fiascos.

    Beyond the market-trials, there are .TRAVEL
    routers, which are designed for travel-agent
    offices. The .TRAVEL TLD has had a lot of
    investments since the mid-90s. It is not a
    surprise that ICANN found it could not sit on
    the side-lines and not profit from .TRAVEL.

    Via all of the market-trials, consumer awareness
    will grow, and eventually there **may be** a
    strong base of [name].TRAVEL owners. They can
    form their own ICANN-like, industry tradeshow,
    roadshow and groupie convention company. The
    consumers may eventually see a stable base of .TRAVEL names, which they can actually access
    via their old and new systems. All of the
    [name].TRAVEL owners will be able to evolve
    beyond the market-trial and offer real commercial
    service, if .TRAVEL reaches a critical mass to
    support that. .TRAVEL (and any TLD) can never
    reach critical mass or have a chance at trying
    for it, if not supported via market-trials.
    ICANN has yet to launch a new TLD that has
    reached critical mass. .TRAVEL may be the first
    to do that, because there are several ways
    the TLD is being tested in the market-trials.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Re:http://www.Cuba.Travel by Anonymous

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