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Username: Traude
Date/Time: Wed, October 18, 2000 at 11:46 PM GMT
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Subject: IATA application for .travel domain



1. The scope of the travel industry as a global marketplace is too wide and
diverse to allow a single sector, namely air carriers, to control a .travel
TLD. Furthermore, airlines already have over-controlled and over-regulated
travel initiatives and business, well beyond the airlines' general scope.
Controlling .travel would be yet another domination which should be avoided.

2. IATA will likely drive subsequent requests to use the .travel TLD as a
significant revenue stream. IATA has a history of charging excessive
amounts for essential services, and the fear that IATA will charge fees in
excess of fair market value for TLD usage is not without foundation. While
IATA maintains its status as a non-profit organization, it is mandated to
raise the bulk of its revenues outside of airline membership fees in the
association; .travel will become a major revenue source for IATA.

3. It would not be unexpected for IATA to reserve key domains within
.travel for its or its members' premier usage. Therefore, those sectors
seeking premier domains or preferred domains within .travel may find that
these have been already reserved or restricted by IATA or made available at
exorbitant prices.

4. IATA does not have an inclusive-enough or impartial-enough history to
instill confidence that the .travel TLD would be maintained and
administered in a manner which would be as fair and as unbiased as it could
be. IATA's proclivity for accreditation standards and criterion which are
in many cases heavy-handed and domineering is already well known. There is
ample reason to fear that IATA's management of .travel would be no less

Traude Wilson, CTC
Trips Unlimited Inc


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