Tralliance Corporation, the .travel Registry, is offering all national governments the sole right to their specific country names. Tralliance has reserved the domain names of all geographic and geopolitical names, both in English and in all respective official languages.
Though nations will always have the sole right to their country names (as noted on the Place Name Reserved List) this is not the case for Place Names. Place Names are defined as cities, towns, heritage sites, pilgrim centers, sacred sites, national parks/preserves, etc.
The WTO is playing a direct role in recommending that your nation’s Place Names are registered by your eligible government entities.
Step 1 – Place Name Reserve
Tralliance created a Place Names Reserved List which can be accessed at nuremberg laws
Entities had until September 25th, 2005 to notify Tralliance if their name was not included in the Place Names Reserved List, upon which, such supplemental Place Names were added.
Step 2 – Apply to Register
From October 1st to December 31st, 2005, each government authority for every Place on the Complete Place Names Reserved List must send a letter on their letterhead to Tralliance Corporation to apply for the .travel Internet domain names they would like to claim.
Kindly submit letters in English to:
Manager - Administration
220 Fifth Avenue, 20 th floor
New York, NY 10001
Please note that any Place Names not applied for by the December 31st, 2005 deadline will be returned to the general pool of domain names, allowing any travel entities that have a legal right to a name to secure unclaimed Place Names.
"Doing Business As" (DBA) Names
In addition, DBA (doing business as) names,
for example, www.visitvienna.travel or www.mozartcity.travel
may be applied for immediately. Please go
to the Tralliance web site (www.tralliance.travel)
and begin the process of authentication by
clicking on either “Authentication Providers”
(to check to see if you are a member of any
of the authenticating travel trade associations)
or “D&B” and follow the instructions.
In this way, any and all domain names –
other than Place Names (from the Complete
Place Names List) – that your Place
would like to reserve can be applied for immediately,
according to .travelpolicies.
This does not mean, however, that every DBA
name each Place applies for is automatically
reserved for that Place, as the “first
come, first served” (at the time of
registration) rule will apply in these cases.
For this reason, WTO encourages you to go
through the authentication process and apply
for any DBA names you may want to claim as
soon as possible.
Largest Population Priority Rights
.travel policies also provide for a Larger Population
priority right whereby larger population cities
have first claim to their names over smaller
cities or towns, e.g. www.paris.travel would
be registered to Paris, France rather than
Paris, Texas, if both were claimants for that
city domain name. The Larger Population priority
right will also expire on December 31st,
2005. As such, any city name that has not
been applied for – in the same manner
as Place Names – will be available for
registration after March 31st, 2006, by any
other travel or tourism entity that legally
uses that city name.
Step 3 – Registration of Your Domain
Between January 1st and 16th, 2006, Tralliance
Corporation will send out the individual Names
Lists (a list of names available for purchase
by a particular Place that had been applied
for in Step 2 above) and a Unique Identifying
Number (UIN) to every Place that applied for .travel domain names.
From January 16th, 2006 until March 31st,
2006, each Place can register and purchase
the domain name(s) noted on their respective
names lists through the .travel accredited Registrar of their choosing, with
their UIN. A complete list of .travel accredited registrars is posted on the Tralliance
web site (www.tralliance.travel).
You will find the cost of purchasing a .travel domain name on the web sites of each accredited
registrar. The accredited registrars are the
only entities authorized to register .travel domain names, so please be sure to use one
of them to purchase your .travel domain names.
Any Place Names that are not registered
between Janaury 16th and March 31st, 2006
will be released for general registration
by those travel and tourism entities that
have been authenticated to have eligibility
to hold those names.
The .travel TLD industry
initiative is fully supported by the WTO,
however Tralliance Corporation – the .travel Registry – is the contact for any questions you may have
in this regard.
They can be reached by sending
an email to [email protected].
If anything in this advisory is unclear,
please contact the .travel Registry at the
email address noted above to ensure that no
In closing, the WTO urges you to make this
matter a priority to protect your Internet
name(s) – to ensure that you have the
domain names that rightfully belong to your
country – today and in the future.
you for your urgent attention to this matter.