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Username: Travel Industry Association of America
Date/Time: Fri, November 3, 2000 at 10:24 PM GMT
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Subject: Comments on IATA ".travel" Application


The worldwide travel industry has enjoyed tremendous success with the new economy, and all indicators point toward continued prosperity in the realm of e-commerce; however, the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) application to sponsor a new restricted Internet TLD (Top Level Domain) ".travel" raises a number of interesting questions regarding the travel industry’s future on the Internet.

First, it is imperative for the travel and tourism industry to determine whether or not the establishment of a new TLD would be beneficial.  Second, the administrator of the new domain must be completely fair and impartial in order to represent the interests of the consumer and the travel and tourism industry.  And third, in order to eliminate possible confusion if not chaos with consumers searching the Internet, the new domain should provide a right of first refusal for current travel listings on the ".com" and ".org" domains. 

The Travel Industry Association of America (TIA)-- consistent with its 59-year mission to "represent the whole of  the U.S. travel industry in order to promote and facilitate increased travel to and within the United States," -- believes that a new ".travel" domain would indeed be beneficial to traveling consumers and therefore our industry.  In addition, IATA (as a potential administrator of the new domain) has accepted responsibiity for ensuring the full and fair inclusion of all major segments of the industry and in providing an impartial reading of their respective needs.  Assuming ICANN and IATA both agree to a right of first refusal on the new domain for current ".com" and ".org" listings, TIA supports the new ".travel" domain and IATA's application.

William S. Norman
President & CEO



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