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Subject: Supplemental Comments of IATA in Support of .travel tld



Following IATA’s submission to ICANN of its application for the “.travel” TLD on October 2, scores of comments regarding the proposal were posted to the TLD Comment Forum, and ICANN emailed four questions to IATA, to which IATA responded on November 3.  The comments and questions have raised important issues and the entire process has, we respectfully submit, reinforced that: 1) “.travel” should be among the first group of new TLDs selected by ICANN, and 2) IATA is fully qualified to sponsor the new TLD.  The IATA application demonstrated, and we reaffirm below, that our proposal meets and exceeds all of the criteria adopted by ICANN for selecting the next generation of TLDs, including the nine specific criteria listed by ICANN at  Furthermore, as discussed below, our proposal for the “.travel” TLD has received widespread support from a diverse cross-section of the global travel industry, and the initial concerns over governance of the new TLD expressed by some travel agents have been, we believe, fully resolved by the understandings we have reached with, and clarifications we have made to, the leading travel agency trade associations of the world.  The worldwide support for the new TLD is strong and diverse, and all of the essential elements are in place for the selection of “.travel” as a new TLD, as summarized below.

1. Maintenance of Internet Stability.  As demonstrated in our proposal, IATA and its proposed registry operator possess the requisite qualifications and abilities to launch and operate the new TLD in a manner that would never jeopardize the stability of the Internet.  Not only do we have the technical capabilities and financial wherewithal for the administration and operation of the new TLD, but we also possess critical prior experience in handling large and complex worldwide undertakings.  As our proposal states, “IATA has been entrusted by the industry, and by governments around the world, to design and equitably administer the coding systems essential for the smooth and efficient functioning of the travel industry.”  § C4.  As set forth in § C12 of our proposal, IATA has an annual budget in excess of US$ 240 million and is accustomed to managing activities with sizeable financial implications and unquestionably has the capabilities and resources to successfully launch and operate the “.travel” TLD.  Significantly, no comments to the TLD Comment Forum have questioned the fact that we would operate the new TLD in a manner that would maintain Internet stability.

We also have ensured that any necessary transition between registry providers will not result in any harm to the efficiency or operation of the new TLD.  As set forth in § E.7 of our proposal, the Memorandum of Understanding between IATA and the registry operator provides that all data in relation to the “.travel” TLD will be deposited with a reputable, mutually acceptable escrow agent, to be transferred to IATA and/or ICANN upon expiration or termination of the Agreement between IATA and the Registry Operator, in order to ensure reliable and continuous operation of the “.travel” TLD.

2. Effective “Proof of Concept.”  The IATA application clearly articulates the restricted TLD concept that our proposal will test, how the results of the test can be evaluated, and how the results of the evaluation will assist in the long-range management of the DNS.  As set forth in § C, our plan to introduce quality controls to validate the businesses for “.travel” domain names will serve as a model for future restricted TLDs focused on other sectors of the economy.  As provided in § C10 of our proposal, as a restricted TLD, objective and transparent selection criteria will be established (to be determined by the “.travel” Advisory Board) to ensure that only legitimate providers of travel-related goods, services, and information will be allowed to register in the TLD.  By doing so, as more fully explained in § E of our proposal, an innovative and significant value-added service will be provided that will be highly attractive to Internet users, and which may serve as a model for future TLDs geared to other specific sectors of the economy.

3. Enhancement of Competition for Registration Services.  The “.travel” TLD will enhance competition for Registration Services because it “offers the potential to introduce much needed competition in the provision of registry services, which will drive down prices and increase the array of choices to the benefit of users not only of ‘.travel’ but of all TLDs.”  IATA Proposal § C.  As sections C and E of the IATA proposal also explain, IATA will encourage numerous travel industry associations to become registrars, thus adding new competitors to the market for providing registrar services.  Once qualified as registrars for ".travel”, these associations may also wish to act as registrars for ".com” and other unrestricted TLDs, thereby enhancing competition for Internet registry services even more broadly.  Our pricing structure should also have a positive effect on competition.   As stated in § E of our proposal, the “.travel” TLD will be operated on a not-for-profit basis, with pricing aimed to equate with actual costs.  (Should any surpluses result, IATA has committed that they will be used for public interest purposes, such as “bridging the digital divide” for travel and tourism in developing countries.)  Moreover, ICANN is expected to authorize a number of new TLDs, all of which will be competing for domain name registrations.  Thus, market forces will act as a further check on the pricing of all new TLD sponsors.

4. Enhancement of DNS Utility.  The “utility” of the “.travel” TLD will be profound and universal, both with respect to the Domain Name System and Internet and world commerce in general.

To begin with, the “.travel” TLD would sensibly add to the existing DNS hierarchy and would help avoid confusion of Internet users in locating the Internet resources they seek.  The TLD label clearly reflects the particular purpose for which the TLD is intended.  In addition, the proposed TLD is semantically and phonetically “far” from existing TLDS, such that confusion will be avoided.  The restrictions on the TLD will assist users in remembering or locating domain names within the TLD.  For example, users might conclude that “” is associated with the airline, rather than the dental plan.

The attraction and utility of the “.travel” TLD extends far beyond airlines and their customers.  In addition to its airline membership, IATA counts among its customers approximately 90,000 IATA accredited and endorsed travel agents located in 209 countries; the operators of other modes of transportation such as railways and ferry companies; and numerous other suppliers of travel-related services including hotels, travel insurance providers, etc.  IATA Proposal § C1.  Attachment C1.C to the IATA Proposal shows a list of allied and associated organizations that are participants in our Partnership Program. 

Moreover, the comments supporting IATA’s application have come from a widespread cross section of the global travel community, which demonstrates the universal appeal of the “.travel” TLD proposal.  Annex A hereto contains a partial list of the comments which travel industry representatives have submitted to the TLD Comment Forum in support of IATA’s proposal for the “.travel” TLD.  These comments (more than 75 in number) were filed by, among others, travel agents, travel agent associations, airlines, airline associations, airline equipment manufacturers, airports and airport authorities, e-commerce firms, hotels, railways, travel and tourism organizations, and individual Internet users.  The comments in support have come from every continent, from businesses large and small, as well as from individual consumers and from the major European travel consumer federation, FATURE (the Federation of Air Travel User Representatives in Europe).  These comments, more than anything else, establish the worldwide desire for “.travel” to be included in the new group of TLDs, and the confidence which the global travel community, in the broadest possible sense, places in IATA to sponsor and administer the “.travel” TLD.
IATA’s proposal also has been embraced by key segments of the business community.  For example, in a recent comment filed in the TLD Comment Forum, financial powerhouse Citibank “heartily endorse[d]” IATA’s application, offering its belief that “IATA's application may be the single best example of how the Internet community can benefit from independent management of a top level domain.”   Citibank further stated that it has “worked closely with IATA for years to help ensure fair, prompt clearing and settlement of payments among a broad spectrum of travel industry participants - including such diverse entities as airlines, travel agents, cargo carriers, freight forwarders, hotels, and car rental agencies.  We are pleased to have had the opportunity to have seen and supported IATA's successful efforts to establish a neutral environment that promotes the growth of the entire travel industry without prejudice against any industry segment.”  Citibank added that it had “also worked closely with IATA in recent years to develop Internet projects that would benefit the broad travel community.  From this activity, we can report that IATA understands the effect that e-commerce can play in transforming the industry, and that IATA understands how to act as a force for positive change in this area.  We believe that IATA will be a fair and responsible manager of this top level domain.” 
We also highlight the fact that our proposal is now supported by the major trade associations for the travel agency community.  Since filing its application on October 2nd, IATA has been in communication with the travel industry to discuss its proposal for sponsorship of the “.travel” TLD and to seek a consensus within this diverse and global industry in support of IATA’s application.  While approximately 100 of the 90,000 accredited/endorsed travel agents of the world have posted comments on the TLD Comment Forum questioning the proposed governance of a “.travel” TLD, the IATA proposal has now gained the support of the American Society of Travel Agents (“ASTA”), the world’s largest association of travel professionals representing over 26,000 travel agent members (primarily in the US), and the Universal Federation of Travel Agents’ Associations (“UFTAA”), the largest federation of travel agent associations worldwide representing over 48,000 travel agent members in 97 countries.  Both ASTA and UFTAA are now satisfied that the governance procedures, as clarified by IATA, are appropriately representative of, and accountable to, the diverse and dynamic travel industry.  Both ASTA and UFTAA have posted their comments confirming their support for the IATA application on the ICANN TLD Comment Forum.  As noted in the ASTA press release announcing its position on the IATA application, “[t]his is the first time since 1995 that agents and airlines have found grounds of mutual interest on a controversial subject…”  IATA has agreed to these clarified governance procedures and is committed to ensure that the “.travel” TLD shall incorporate them. 

IATA also has taken the necessary steps to ensure that the new TLD will be governed in a manner that reflects the entire diversity of the world’s travel community.  As set forth in Section C4 of the IATA application, the “.travel” TLD will be governed by a “.travel” Advisory Committee, comprised of a “broad range of representatives of members of the ‘.travel’ stakeholder community, including specifically travel consumer groups, and travel services suppliers.”  IATA is committed to ensuring that the ”.travel” Advisory Committee will function as an “Advisory Board” with supreme authority for determining the objective and transparent criteria to be applied in deciding whether a particular person or entity qualifies to receive a domain name within the “.travel” TLD. Moreover, neither IATA nor the airlines (nor any other individual segment of the travel industry) will control or dominate the ".travel" Advisory Board and its decisions.  No individual segment of the travel industry, including airlines, will ever have more than a minority of the total number of seats on the Board, and no one segment, including airlines, will have any “veto” rights over decisions approved by a majority of Board members.  Thus, ultimate authority on such matters shall lie with the broad range of stakeholder representatives which will comprise the “.travel” Advisory Board, rather than the IATA Board of Governors or any other entity internal to IATA.

Section C6 of the IATA application also references the IATA-Registrars Forum which will be created to provide input into TLD policy development, and serve as a vehicle for communication between registrars and the TLD sponsor.  Given that many industry associations, representing travel agencies, hotels, car rental firms, etc., will be encouraged to become registrars for the “.travel” TLD, the IATA-Registrars Forum will provide an additional avenue for entities throughout the dynamic and global travel industry to ensure that the policies of the ".travel" TLD reflect the entire travel industry, and all of its diversity. 

5. Meeting Unmet Needs.  IATA’s proposal meets the unmet needs of having a TLD dedicated to the travel industry, and a process which helps ensure the legitimacy of entities holding themselves out as qualified providers of travel related goods, services, and information. 

As set forth in § E of our proposal, travel accounts for more than 10% of the world’s economy, but consumers of travel goods, services, and information are faced with a great deal of uncertainty and mistrust which has impeded the fullest possible adoption of Internet e-commerce.  The “.travel” TLD will set a new standard of quality and provide the level of buying confidence that consumers expect from traditional brick and mortar travel providers.  The “.travel” TLD will serve as an essential hallmark that the consumer will associate with quality and credibility, something absent in the .com TLD.

In addition, as reflected in § E29 of our application, the restricted “.travel” TLD would go beyond the current environment with .com, .net and .org by providing a solution to address the current issues of trademark infringement, trademark dilution, cybersquatting and business practice assurance, while not infringing on the original intent of free expression.

6. Enhancement of DNS Diversity and Registration Services.  Diversity of the DNS would be enhanced by the “.travel” TLD because entities and individuals from all over the world, who are part of the travel community, will be able to use the “.travel” TLD as a means for the provision of travel-related goods, services, and information over and in connection with the Internet.  In addition, consumers of travel goods, services, and information throughout the world will be able to access the multitude of “.travel” sites in a reliable and efficient manner.  Furthermore, as stated in § E of our application, with offices in over 75 countries, IATA has intimate first hand knowledge of the cultural awareness needed to generate a high level of confidence from consumers in both economically developing and developed nations.

Throughout § C of its proposal, IATA refers to IATA’s intention to establish a new “.travel” Advisory Committee, or Board, comprised of “a broad range of representatives of members of the ‘.travel’ stakeholder community, including specifically travel consumer groups, and travel service providers.”  As clarified and confirmed in our response to ICANN’s questions (and in No. 4 above), IATA is determined to ensure the “.travel” Advisory Board shall have substantive and efficacious participation by representatives of travel consumer groups, travel agent associations, and other segments of the travel and tourism industry, including tourist promotion boards, cruise lines, railways, car rental firms, hotels, and travel guide publishers. 

7. Delegation of Policy-Formulation Functions.  Under the IATA proposal, ICANN would delegate the authority to adopt and implement policies regarding the use and operation of the “.travel “TLD to IATA, which in turn would delegate authority to the .travel Advisory Board, which would consist of representatives from all sectors of the travel industry and would not be controlled or dominated by any sector, including airlines.  In this manner, the TLD will be governed in a manner that reflects the functional and geographic diversity of the Internet and its users, and involves the sort of “bottom-up” governance that has characterized the development of the Internet to date.

8. Protection of Third Party Rights.  Section E of IATA’s application sets forth the numerous ways in which IATA shall ensure that the intellectual property and other rights of third parties are appropriately protected in the issuance of “.travel” domain names.  As detailed in § E5, IATA intends to implement a multi-tiered approach to provide, in a practical manner, the highest level of protection of intellectual property rights and to encourage full compliance with anti-cybersquatting legislation.  This approach includes careful review of the applications, geographic name restrictions, a screening process, holding of registrations in abeyance for 10 days or longer to accommodate legitimate challenges, application of the ICANN UDRP, availability of IATA alternative dispute resolution procedures, a requirement that the domain name be actually used, and ongoing monitoring by IATA.  In addition, the proposed registry operator for the “.travel” TLD proposes to offer an Intellectual Property Notification Service to enable interested parties to monitor domain registrations.

In its “IPC Evaluation Chart for Proposed TLD(s),” the Intellectual Property Constituency (“IPC”) accorded IATA’s application for the “.travel” TLD the highest ratings possible for the categories of: 1) “consider[ation of] intellectual property protections for third party interests” (Category C) and 2) incorporat[ion of] policies that are likely to discourage abusive registration practices” (Category E). 

IATA respectfully submits that other aspects of the IPC Chart do not, for some reason, accurately reflect the true nature of IATA’s proposal.  For Category A (whether the proposals “have a well thought-out plan for allocation of names during the startup phase”) IATA’s proposal received an “Unsatisfactory” rating (as did a majority of the proposals).  This rating may have reflected a misunderstanding on the part of the IPC evaluators.  There is, in fact, a “sunrise provision” in our proposal.  Section E15 states that, although “IATA believes that the practice of offering pre-registrations to particular applicants to be a discriminatory practice . . . IATA will use a phased approach to limit the initial sign-on rush by only allowing those who qualify for top level domain names to proceed in the approval process.”  (Emphasis added).  The proposal also states in § E12 that “IATA believes that by limiting the applicant process to only those qualified for a top level domain name in the first few months, IATA will be able to provide the most expansive benefits to the common Internet user, without overwhelming the registry, registrar and accrediting process.” Further, IATA emphasizes in § E14 that the “rush for registration in the startup phase” for ‘.travel’ will be “limited by the type of TLD assignment available during that period.”  For Category B of the IPC evaluation (whether the proposal “provide[s] for a reasonably accessible and efficient mechanism for resolving domain name disputes”), IATA received a “Satisfactory” rating.  We respectfully submit that the rating should be “Good” because IATA’s proposal embraces the ICANN UDRP (see §§ E1, E6) and offers alternative specific accessible and efficient mechanisms for the resolution of domain name disputes.    See §§ E1, E5 and §E6.  Finally, we would like to clear up any confusion which may have resulted in IPC concluding that IATA provided insufficient information for Category D, which relates to the manner which the “.travel” TLD will provide an effective and properly balanced WHOIS service.   Section E5.6 of our proposal contains our commitment to provide WHOIS information to the public, and we can assure IPC and the public that the amount of information provided shall be more than adequate to assist trademark owners to obtain the necessary information regarding registrants in order to take the necessary actions to protect their trademark and other intellectual property rights.  We regret any contrary construction placed on our proposal by IPC.

9. Proposal Completeness, et al.  IATA’s proposal was both complete and demonstrated fully that IATA has a thorough understanding of what is involved in the sponsorship and operation of a restricted TLD such as “.travel,” and that IATA has carefully considered all relevant issues, realistically assessed the business, financial, technical, operational and marketing requirements for implementing the proposal, has produced firm commitments for all necessary resources, and has formulated sound business and technical plans for executing the proposal.

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For all these reasons and those set forth in our application, we respectfully request that ICANN grant our application for the “.travel” TLD and that ICANN and IATA collectively proceed to the realization of the “.travel” TLD.

Exhibit A

Comments in Support of IATA’s Application for a “.travel” TLD

 ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) 
 World’s largest association of travel professionals.
 26 000 members comprised of travel agents, as well as tour and cruises companies, hotels, car rentals etc.
 ABA (A Bargain Affair)
 Leader in providing low fare, reliable travel services to the frugal shopper.
 ACTA Canada.
 The Association of Canadian Travel Agents is Canada's largest membership based tourism association with close to 3,000 members
 It represents the interests of Canadian travellers through 5,000 travel agencies
 Bill Healy Travel
 [Melbourne, Australia]
 CITS (China International Travel Service)
 Largest travel agent in China.
 Covers 80% of the travel spectrum, both inbound and outbound.
 Gullivers Travel
 Mission Travel
 [Miami, FL and Raleigh, NC]
 ARC accredited agency that provides a wide range of travel and consulting services to international ministry and humanitarian relief organizations located throughout North America.
 SITA World Travel (Nepal) Pvt. Ltd.
 Southeast Travel Corp   
 Tourism Biel Seeland
 Travel Industry Services, Gregorys International
 An organization that works within the more austere environments, such as the Eastern Bloc countries.
 UFTAA (Universal Federation of Travel Agents’ Associations)
 Represents 48 000 individual travel agencies in 97 countries.
 Wide World Travel-Mister Vacation

 Airbus Industrie
 Fairchild Dornier Corporation
 Bombardier Aerospace Regional Aircraft
 CAE Electronics Ltd.

 American Airlines
 Delta Air Lines
 Gill Airways
 Iberia Airlines of Spain
 Saudi Arabian Airlines
 Japan Airlines
 Kenya Airways
 Lan Chile Airlines
 Royal Jordanian Airline
 SairGroup, Swissair, The Airline of Switzerland

 AACO (Arab Air Carriers Association)
 AAFRA (African Airlines Association) representing 33 member airlines:
 ADC Airlines
 Aero Zambia
 Affretair
 Air Afrique
 Air Algerie
 Air Botswana
 Air Burundi
 Air Gabon
 Air Guinee
 Air Madagascar
 Air Malawi
 Air Mauritanie
 Air Mauritius
 Air Rwanda
 Air Seychelles
 Air Tanzania
 Air Zimbabwe
 Bellview Airlines Ltd.
 Cameroon Airlines
 Egyptair
 Ethiopian Airlines
 Ghana Airlines
 Libyan Arab Airlines
 Kenya Airlines
 LAM Mocambique Airlines
 Lignes Aeriennes Congolaises “LAC”
 Nigeria Airways
 Royal Air Maroc
 Royal Swazi National Airways
 South African Airways
 Sudan Airways
 TAAG Angola Airlines
 Uganda Airlines.

 AASA (Airlines Association of Southern Africa) representing 29 members:
 Aero Zambia
 Air BP
 Air Austral
 Airbus Industrie
 Air Botswana
 Airlink Swaziland
 Air Malawi
 Air Mauritius
 Air Namibia
 Airports Company South Africa
 Air Zimbabwe
 ATNS Company
 Avis Rent A Car
 Bombardier Aerospace
 BAE Systems
 Comair
 Denel Aviation
 East Coast Airways
 Engen Petroleum
 National Airlines
 Rolls-Royce plc
 Nationwide Air
 Safair
 Shell South Africa
 South African Airlink
 South African Airways
 South African Express Airways
 The Boeing Company
 Zimbabwe Express.

 AEA (Association of European Airlines)
 Represents 29 major European scheduled carriers:
 Adria Airways
 Aer Lingus
 Air France
 Air Malta
 Alitalia
 Austrian Airlines
 Balkan Bulgarian
 British Airways
 British Midland
 Cargolux
 Croatia Airlines
 Cyprus Airways
 Finnair
 Iberia
 Icelandair
 Lufthansa
 Luxair
 Malev
 Olympic Airways
 Sabena
 Swissair
 TAP Air Portugal
 Turkish Airlines

 AITAL (Asociation Internacional de Transporte Aereo Latinoamericano)
 Major airline trade association, comprising 23 international carriers:
 Aces
 Aerolineas Argentinas
 Aeromexico
 Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela
 Avensa
 Avianca
 Aviateca
 Copa
 Cubana
 Ecuatoriana
 Lacsa
 Lan Chile
 Lloyd Aereo Boliviano
 Mexicana de Aviacion
 Pluna
 Saeta
 Sam
 Taca
 Tame
 TAM-Mercosur
 Transbrasil
 Varig
 Vasp.

 AAPA (Asia Pacific Airlines Association)

 IACA (International Air Carrier Association)
 37 airline members:
 Adria Airways
 Aero Lloyd
 Air 2000
 Air Belgium
 Air Berlin
 Air Europa Espana
 Air Europe SPA
 Air Holland Charter
 Airtours International
 Balair
 Braathens
 Britannia Airways AB
 Britannia Airways UK
 British Midland
 Condor Flugdienst
 Deutsche BA
 Eurofly
 Finnair Leisure Flights
 Futura
 Germania Flug
 Hapag Lloyd Flug
 Lauda Air
 LTU International Airways
 Maersk Air
 Martinair
 Monarch Airlines
 North American Airlines
 Premiair
 Sky Service
 Sobelair
 Spanair
 Sterling European
 Transavia Airlines
 Virgin Atlantic
 Virgin Express
 Volare Airlines

 Aeroport de Paris (ADP)
 BAA plc (British Airport Authority)
 Owner and operator of major international airports in the UK, US, Italy and Australia.

 CANSO (Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation)

 CAS (China Air Service)
 One of the largest air transport sales agencies, including tour operations, in China for both inbound and outbound travel.

 IAPA (International Au Pair Association)

 Citibank

 Aviation and Tourism International
 [London, UK]
 Consulting firm active in the travel and transport industry worldwide.
 KPMG Consulting LP
 Consulting firm with significant experience across multiple industry verticals.
 [Toronto, Can]

 Federation of Air Transport User Representatives in Europe
 Leading consumer travel federation in Europe.

 I WINGS, Inc.
 Internet-based travel service company.
 Provides travel agency community with the ability to search instantly all available Web fares for comparison with GDS fares when seeking travel itineraries for their clients.
 Lufthansa//eCommerce GmbH
 (Paul Mencinger) –Webmaster of many tourism and travel oriented web sites.

 Leading service provider in the airline industry

 ACCOR Asia Pacific Division
 [Brisbane, Australia]
 IH&RA (International Hotel & Restaurant Association)
 Global network of independent and chain operators, national associations, hospitality suppliers and educational centres in the hotel and restaurant industry.
 Represents over 750,000 establishments in more than 150 countries.
 Provides a voice at international level for an industry which comprises more than 300,000 hotels and 8 million restaurants world-wide, employs 60 million people and contributes US$950 billion to the global economy.
 Weitzer Hotels
 [Graz, Austria]

 ATPCO (Airline Tariff Publishing Company)

 AccessRail
 Eurostar Group U.K.
 The UK provider of the Eurostar Rail Services together with French (SNCF) and Belgian (ANCB/NMBS) Railways.
 U.I.C. (Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer – International Union of Railways)
 [Paris, France]
 VIA Rail Canada
 Canada’s national passenger rail company.

 Messe Service Leipzig GmbH
 [Leipzig, Germany]
 Organizer of the “Leipziger Messe,” one of the world’s foremost trade fairs.

 Aviation and Tourism International
 [London, UK]
 ALTO (Association of Language Travel Organisations)
 FIYTO (Federation of International Youth Travel Organisations)
 Israeli Government Tourism Office for the Nordic Countries  
 PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association)
 Members:  nearly 2 000 government tourist offices, destination promotion boards, airlines, cruise lines, hotels, tour operators, travel agencies and other travel-related businesses.
 Mission:  enhance the growth, value and quality of Pacific Asia travel and tourism on behalf of members.
 TIA (Travel Industry Association of America)
 Represents the U.S. travel industry for 59 years.
 Mission:  facilitate enhanced travel to and within the United States.
 Tourism Tasmania
 WTO (World Tourism Organization)
 Only intergovernmental organization that serves as a global forum for tourism policy and issues.
 Members include 138 countries and territories and more than 350 affiliate members from the public and private sectors.
 Mission:  Promote and develop tourism as a significant means of fostering international peace and understanding, economic development, and international trade.
 WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council)
 Global non-profit association that has worked together with the Travel & Tourism industry to ensure its competitive and sustainable development.
 Members represent all sectors of the Travel & Tourism industry, have over the years worked together with public and private sectors across the globe to advance the development of Information Technology and E-commerce to benefit Travel & Tourism business and consumers.
 WYSTC (World Youth and Student Travel Conference)
 [Copenhagen, DK]

 “airlaw”
 “commenter”
 “cpaone”
 an “e-commerce professional”
 “frequent traveler”
 “jim.dullum”
 “Need2Know2”
 “oskarluts”
 Peter Morrisroe
  “tfardell”


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