Travel Summit Report
(Attachment to IATA's Response to USTAR Comment Regarding Reconsideration Request 00-9)
Posted: March 14, 2001

Pierre J. JEANNIOT, O.C.
Director General

International Air Transport Association

TO: Supporters of the “.travel” TLD
DATE: 26 February 2001
SUBJECT: “.travel” Summit, 21 February 2001 - Report

Attached for your information is a brief report outlining the main discussions and conclusions arising from the “.travel” Summit here in Geneva last week.

Following a broad review of some of the main considerations and drivers of e-commerce in the context of travel and tourism, the Summit unanimously concluded that a “.travel” Top Level Domain name is indeed desirable for the travel and tourism industry. The meeting endorsed an initial set of “guiding principles” to act as a basis for its development, and set up an industry working group to further develop these and bring forward specific recommendations to a second “.travel” Summit, to be held in May in Montreal.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who participated in last week’s meeting - or provided comments - for your views and encouragement. We look forward to working closely with you in the coming weeks and months to move this valuable industry initiative forward.


/s/ Pierre J. JEANNIOT

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1. The first “.travel” Summit held in Geneva on 21 February 2001 brought together a broad cross- section of the travel and tourism industry to:

  • Explore the challenges and opportunities of the Internet.
  • Examine the “.travel” concept.
  • Determine whether there is a consensus for the proposal to establish an industry consortium and, if so,
  • Examine how to move forward.

A list of participants is provided at Attachment A.

2. The ".travel" Summit was opened by Pierre Jeanniot, O.C., Director General and CEO of IATA, and chaired by Senator Herman de Croo, President of the House of Representatives of Belgium.

3. Given the wide range of industry representation, the first part of the meeting consisted of a series of presentations designed to provide participants with a common understanding of the ".travel" concept. These included:

  • Fedja Stepanovich (Accenture) - The outlook for the Internet and e-commerce, focusing on the key implications for travel and tourism.
  • Ken Stubbs (Names Council/CORE) - The role of the U.S. government and ICANN in the operation and governance of the Internet.
  • David Short (IATA) - Background and rationale to the ".travel" proposal to ICANN in 2000.
  • Roy Goldberg (Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP) - Legal aspects of Internet domain names, including trademark, privacy and consumer protection.
  • Ken Hansen (Neustar) - The status of the new ".biz" Top Level Domain and its relation to ".travel".
  • Patrick Murphy (IATA) - Possible alternative governance structures for the ".travel" proposal.

4. The second part of the meeting explored:

  • The need for a Top Level Domain ".travel"
  • How to open it to all segments of the travel and tourism industry
  • How it would be organised
  • The role of IATA

The process for moving forward

5. During the discussions that followed, a number of important comments and points were raised, notably:

  • The establishment of criteria for the different sectors of the travel industry across all regions would represent a challenging task.
  • The technical aspects of a ".travel" Top Level Domain, including language and name duplication would also need to be addressed.
  • It would be important to involve all sectors of the travel and tourism industry, including regional and local authorities.
  • IATA's initiative to sponsor ".travel" reflects the rapidly growing importance of the Internet to the distribution of travel products, and the fact that international aviation’s future is very much a function of the expected growth in leisure travel.

6.      The meeting unanimously concluded that a ".travel" Top Level Domain is desirable for the travel and tourism industry, and should be pursued on the basis of the following principles:

  • “.travel” should be a chartered, restricted Top Level Domain, designed to promote consumer confidence.
  • Criteria would be established by the respective travel and tourism related organisations.
  • No one organisation should dominate the ".travel" processes.
  • Confidentiality of all data must be assured.
  • The ".travel" Top Level Domain should treat all applicants in an objective manner.
  • The ".travel" Top Level Domain must be operated in a cost-efficient, transparent manner.
  • ".travel" should be operated on a not-for-profit basis.

7. The above conclusions were circulated to all participants. It was agreed that these should not be considered confidential, and could be released to all interested parties.

8. A working group was established to further develop the above principles for operation of the ".travel" Top Level Domain (see Attachment B). It was agreed that IATA would provide the coordination and infrastructure for the working group, and that any costs incurred by IATA would be recovered once “.travel” is able to generate some cash flows.

9. Proposals will be developed by the working group over the next two months, and presented to the next ".travel" Summit tentatively scheduled for May 2001 in Montreal. The output of the working group would remain confidential until its report had been finalised and presented to the next Summit.

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