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Date/Time: Sun, November 5, 2000 at 10:29 PM GMT
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Subject: OSSN Is Opposed to IATA Dot Travel Application


The Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN) is completely opposed
to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) proposal to   administer  the ".travel" Top Level Domain (TLD) name.

Our 5,500 independent travel retailers around the United States and Canada join members of the Association of Canadian Travel Agents (ACTA), and the 4,500 members of the Association of Retail Travel Agents (ARTA) in their expressed opposition to the IATA proposal.

OSSN opposes this issue on the following grounds:

IATA does not represent a diverse cross-section of the global travel

IATA functions as an airline cartel and represents the interests of its airline members.

Despite IATA's assurances to the contrary, the many other segments of the global travel community deeply interested in the ".travel" TLD – travel agents, airports, bus and motorcoach operators, hotels and resorts, bed-and-breakfast inns, campgrounds, cruise lines, car rental companies,railroads, tour operators, sightseeing companies, tourist boards and destination marketing organizations, ferry and taxi operators, travel insurance providers, consumer travel advocates, travel guide publishers, and travel technology companies – have no legal standing or voice within IATA and, therefore, no legal guarantee of access to or impartiality in the administration of the TLD.

IATA has not demonstrated impartial assignment and review of domain
names under the TLD to applicants.

IATA represent a segment of the global travel community with an
established history of market dominance, particularly in the electronic marketplace.

IATA is governed, and funded by the airlines that have a track record
of anti competitive behavior, alleged collusion, and other antitrust law violations in the United States, Canada, and the European Union.

IATA currently administers and enforces a global accreditation and settlement program that answers only to IATA's member carriers.

IATA has a hand in the control of the global computer reservation system (CRS) marketplace via their  interests in the major CRS companies.

OSSN strongly feels that based on the anti competitive track record of IATA and its member airlines that ICANN not allow or entrust IATA to administer the .travel domain and should allow a non industry party to administer the newly proposed TLD with out all the political baggage.

Gary M. Fee
Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN)
1340 U.S. Highway
Ste 102
Jupiter, FL 33469


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