Are .tel and .hotel confusingly similar?
Due 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.