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New online domain for travel industry.

INTERNET BUSINESS NEWS-(C)1995-2005 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

An online domain has been introduced for the travel industry, enabling travel and tourism organisations such as airlines, restaurants, tourism offices and transportation providers to obtain e-mail addresses and websites ending in '.travel'.

Earlier this year the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) gave its approval to Tralliance Corp, a New York-based unit of Internet communications company Theglobe.com, to run '.travel'. Companies and organisations confirmed as belonging to one of 18 industry sectors eligible have been able to register to use '.travel' names from Monday (3 October), following verification by industry groups such as the Adventure Travel Trade Association.

Tralliance has received criticism for excluding travellers from using the '.travel' name and consumers have been warned that companies using the domain name have not been guaranteed or credit checked by the domain operator.

In order to avoid an overlap with the aviation industry's '.aero' domain name, airports and aerospace companies are not eligible for the '.travel' domain name, but airlines do qualify. The list is to receive ongoing review by the Travel Partnership Corp, a non-profit group of travel associations.

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Title Annotation:service development by Tralliance Corp.
Publication:Internet Business News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 4, 2005
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