Monthly Archives: November 2009
In his comments to 3rd version of ICANN’s Applicant Guidebook for the introduction of new generic top-level domains the IH&RA President Dr. Ghassan Aidi reflected on the advantage that .hotel will give the hotel industry and hoteliers an identifier which is unique and descriptive, especially for consumers. Dr. Aidi said “Please accelerate the process as we do need badly DOT HOTEL”.
In a second post the IH&RA states that our .hotel project goals are fully in alignment with the International Hotel & Restaurant Association’s tasks. We appreciate that the IH&RA is convinced that the creation of the .hotel namespace will be a significant step towards the hotel industry. In direction to ICANN Dr. Aidi requests “We strongly encourage ICANN to go ahead swiftly with the new gTLD process. This will not only enable the merits of this innovative concept to be proven but may also have direct effects on the global hotel industry.”
About the IH&RA
The International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IH&RA) is the only global business organization representing the hospitality industry worldwide. It is a global network of independent and chain operators, national associations, hospitality suppliers and educational School in the hotel and restaurant industry, representing over 750.000 establishments in more than 150 countries. Officially recognized by the United Nations, IH&RA monitors and lobbies all international agencies on behalf of this industry, estimated to comprise 300.000 hotels and 8 million restaurants, employ 70 million people and contribute 950 billion USD annually to the global economy.