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Date/Time: Tue, October 17, 2000 at 5:10 PM GMT (Tue, October 17, 2000 at 7:10 PM CEST)
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Subject: This proposal is far too restrictive for a TLD like "travel"


The scope of this tld description is far to extensive for the proposed restrictions that the applicant has indicated in this proposal.

The IATA  proposal best fits a string for travel agents or travel professionals but what about small accomodation providers, what about golf courses, ski resorts, restaurants, attractions,etc. The number of travel related sites that would not qualify under the proposed restrictions is far to significant to exclude in this string

the applicant states:

"The online travel industry is one of the fastest growing and is the largest existing e-commerce sector in the market today. The online travel market is forecast to grow from US$7.8 billion in 1999 to US$32.1 billion by 2004". No doubt their projections may acutually be low here but:

this proposed TLD string needs to be far more inclusive than the restrictions imply here. IATA is a most commendable professional organization and may very well deserve a tld but it should be more specifically related to their organization such as .travelagt or .travelpro. 

What about the thousands of chambers of commerce, hundreds of thousands of hotels, restaurants, what about outdoor adventurers like
ski resorts, white water kyaking etc.

a TLD string like dot travel should be much broader and less restrictive      


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