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Username: jachia
Date/Time: Tue, October 17, 2000 at 2:21 PM GMT
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Subject: .geo & e-tourism


My name is Lorenza Jachia from the Electronic Commerce Section of UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) Secretariat.

The following is based on my personal opinion and does not represent the views of the UNCTAD secretariat or its Member States on the issue.

In the context of the tourism industry, the implementation of the .geo proposal would allow Internet users to access websites of tourism service providers directly, without a need for search engines or travel agents, be they brick and mortar or virtual. This would allow a more direct link between the final consumer and the hotel or tour operator in the destination country.

In turn, this would promote a more equitable distribution of the gains from trade from tourism, which now works disproportionately in favour of intermediaries. In a development perspective, if service providers in developing countries are able to retain a a higher proportion of revenue, local communities will be able to work towards better management of destinations, from an environmental, cultural, and social point of view.

Clearly, the .geo proposal cannot by itself provide a solution to suc a complex range of issues. But it is a step in the right direction.

Additionally, from the point of view of a research institution, the .geo proposal will allow a better classification of economic activities on the web from a geographical point of view.

I thus fully support the .geo proposal.     


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