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Username: Lufthansa//eCommerce GmbH
Date/Time: Thu, October 26, 2000 at 3:14 PM GMT
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Subject: Lufthansa eCommerce supports IATA's proposal


                Lufthansa eCommerce files this comment in support of the IATA proposal to sponsor a "travel" TLD.

Travel is a fast growing industry on the web and already the largest component of eCommerce.
There is a uncertainty though of many consumers to purchase travel over the web because they do not know about the reputation and reliability of the .com companies.
Fraud cases in that field showed that there is a need for an objective evaluation of these companies.

IATA's proposal to screen "travel" website operators to assure compliance with transparent and objective criteria relevant to the conduct of e-commerce will certainly add value for both consumers and businesses.

It will also give consumers the confidence necessary to purchase travel over the web by bringing certain quality standards to e-travel business.

Lufthansa e-Commerce believes that IATA is the appropriate entity to sponsor the travel industry's TLD. IATA has served as a neutral, trusted intermediary for decades, enabling the travel industry to efficiently meet the needs of its customers. IATA's acknowledged strengths include standard-setting, the accreditation of travel businesses and assignment of codes for airlines, airports etc. Thus, it is ideally positioned to perform the screening and verification functions which lie at the heart of the proposal and which are notably absent from today's ".com" environment.

Lufthansa e-Commerce is strongly encouraging ICANN to grant the IATA application. This will not only enable the merits of this innovative concept to be proven, but may also have direct applications to other sectors of the new economy in the future.     


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