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Introduced 2005
TLD type Sponsored top-level domain
Status Active
Registry Tralliance Registry Management Company
Sponsor The Travel Partnership Corporation
Intended use Travel industry
Actual use Roughly 200,000 travel-related sites are up in this domain as of 2009
Registration restrictions Registrants must be approved as being in the applicable community before registering domains
Structure Direct second-level registrations will be allowed; sale of third-level domains within a registered domain is expressly prohibited
Documents ICANN New sTLD RFP Application; ICANN Sponsorship Agreement; IANA delegation report
Dispute policies UDRP, Charter Eligibility Dispute Resolution Procedure (CEDRP)
Website Travel.travel;

The domain name .travel is a top-level domain in the Domain Name System of the Internet. Its name suggests the intended and restricted use by travel agents, airlines, bed and breakfast operators, tourism bureaus, and others in the travel industry.[1]

It is sponsored by Tralliance Registry Management Company (TRMC). Registrations are processed via accredited registrars.


The domain was approved by ICANN on April 8, 2005 as a sponsored TLD in the second group of new TLD applications evaluated in 2004. TheGlobe.com acquired Tralliance Corporation, the operator of .travel, on May 9, 2005.

The official launch began in October 2005, with a screening process to determine eligibility to register domains in each of three monthly groups for October, November and December. Open registrations began in January 2006. Governments were given priority registration for geographic place names from July 2005 to December 21, 2007.[2]

A 2006 proposal that a wildcard DNS record point all unused *.travel domains to Tralliance's search.travel site was rejected by ICANN due to technical considerations.[3]

By 2007, there were only twenty-five thousand .travel domains registered and Tralliance parent company TheGlobe.com was in financial trouble;.[4][5] travel founder Ron Andruff was pushed out of the company in July 2007[6] and a domain bulk purchase programme instituted in December 2007.[7]

By 2008 there were thirty thousand registrations. Tralliance was taken private by selling it to a Registry Management Company owned by insiders Mike Egan (owner and chairman of TheGlobe.com) and Ed Cespedes (the president of Tralliance) in February 2008, leaving TheGlobe.com as a mostly-hollow shell[8] whose continuing claim on 10% of .travel's net revenue is its sole remaining asset.[9] Egan and Cespedes then created LabiGroup, a company which they used to acquire two hundred thousand .travel domains themselves to help build working destinations.[8]


Registration is open to people, organizations, associations, and private, governmental and non-governmental agencies in the travel and tourism industry.[10]

A .travel domain identifies the owner as a travel-related organisation or business. An applicant for a .travel domain name must apply for a Unique Identification Number (UIN)[11] which, in theory, establishes the applicant provides legitimate travel and tourism services and products which fall into one of the twenty-one Travel Industry Segments set out by Tralliance:[10] Airlines, Attractions/Theme Parks, Bed & Breakfast Houses, Bus/Taxi/Limousine Operators, Camp Facility Operators, Vehicle Rental Companies/Airport Specialty Car Park Companies, Computer Reservation/Travel Technology Provider, Convention & Visitor’s Bureaus, Cruise Lines, Ferries, Hotels/Resorts/Casinos, National Tourism Offices, Passenger Rail Lines, Restaurants, Tour Operators, Travel Agents, Travel Media, Travel Consumer and Market Research Organizations, Travel Insurance, Travel Training Institutes.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ".Travel". 
  2. ^ "December 21, 2007 Deadline for Domain Name Registration Under Nations Priority Program Tralliance". Eturbonews.com. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  3. ^ "Tralliance Report" (PDF). ICANN. 2006-11-09. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  4. ^ "Tralliance in Trouble - .travel could die". Internetnews.me. 2007-05-20. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  5. ^ "Will .Travel Registry Fail?". Domain Name Wire. 2007-05-21. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  6. ^ "Travel founder to quit Tralliance". Breaking Travel News. 2007-07-16. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  7. ^ "Tralliance Issues Reminder to Customers Regarding Bulk Purchase Program". Sys-con Media. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  8. ^ a b Turen, Richard. "Tralliance is sold; dot-travel domain now privately held". Travel Weekly. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  9. ^ "Dot Travel Still Isn't Dead Yet". Circle ID. 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  10. ^ a b c http://www.travel.travel/index.php/authenticate-register/industry-segments/
  11. ^ http://www.travel.travel/index.php/register-your-travel/

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