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Username: VIA Rail Canada
Date/Time: Thu, November 2, 2000 at 11:27 AM GMT
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Subject: Comment on IATA ". travel"Application


VIA Rail Canada is Canada's national passenger rail company. 

Travel has already established itself as the largest component of
e-commerce but many consumers reluctant to purchase travel over the web
because of uncertainty about the reputation and reliability of ".com"
website operators who may be geographically remote, and whose
qualifications and capabilities have not been verified by any
independent party.

By screening ".travel" website operators to assure compliance with
transparent and objective criteria relevant to the conduct of
e-commerce, IATA's innovative proposal will add value for both consumers
and business.  It will also give consumers the confidence necessary if
e-business is to compete on an equal footing with traditional
brick-and-mortar alternatives.

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.

We strongly encourage 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 application to other sectors of the new economy in the

Rod Morrison
President & CEO VIA Rail Canada       


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