Domain names for the hotel business

Monthly Archives: November 2008

Are .tel and .hotel confusingly similar?

hotel-vs-telDue to an online tool ICANN let program to identify confusingly similar TLD strings the existing .tel top-level domain and our planned .hotel top-level domain are at least 48% similar. If this is confusing is not clear by just the percentage number, but everybody we asked at ICANN agreed that no one will confuse .tel and .hotel. It is as unlikely as someone who wants to buy a telephone ending up in a hotel room was the clear cut answer.

Many parties, among them the IP lawyers, are critics of this tool, as it does not incorporate visual, phonetic and other measures normally used if comparing a string.

.hotel at ICANN meeting in Cairo

cairologo_250x99Members of the .hotel top-level domain management team are present at the 33th ICANN meeting in Cairo, Egypt. We talked to a lot of ICANN stakeholders about the .hotel project and got worthy feedback on different development aspects of the .hotel name space.