Travel Summit Report
(Attachment to IATA's Response
to USTAR Comment Regarding Reconsideration Request 00-9)
Posted: March 14, 2001
International Air Transport
||Supporters of the .travel
||26 February 2001
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
I would like to take this opportunity to
thank all of you who participated in last weeks 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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GENEVA, 21 FEBRUARY 2001
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
- Determine whether there
is a consensus for the proposal to establish an industry consortium
and, if so,
- Examine how to move forward.
list of participants is provided at Attachment
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.
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"
4. The second part of the meeting explored:
- The need for a Top Level
- 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
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 aviations future is very much a
function of the expected growth in leisure travel.
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
- 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
- The ".travel"
Top Level Domain must be operated in a cost-efficient, transparent
- ".travel" should
be operated on a not-for-profit basis.
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.
working group was established to further develop the above principles
for operation of the ".travel" Top Level Domain (see
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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