.hotel registrars, requirements and history
.hotel is a proposed generic top level domain. As its name implies, it has been proposed for businesses that operate in the hospitality industry. While some registrars are now allowing pre-registration of .hotel domain names, this TLD is not yet active and is expected to go be formally launched in late 2013.
The rationale behind introducing the .hotel TLD is that there are now hundreds of millions of individuals who use the Internet when planning vacations, business trips and outings. As the travel industry is expanding, travelers are increasingly seeking resources that will help them organize their trips and purchase travel related products. However, travelers are increasingly wary of the risks associated with online transactions and want resources that can be trusted.
In an effort to increase security, all registrants of .hotel domain names will need to undergo a verification process. While there are no geographical restrictions that are planned, applicants must prove that they have a real connection to the hospitality industry. As such, registration will be restricted to: hotel chains, independently owned hotels, associations and organizations that represent entities involved in the hotel industry, hospitality marketing organizations as well as some other stakeholders that are mainly involved in the hotel industry.
Before public registrations are allowed, registration of .hotel domains will be open to entities that hold trademarks associated with the hotel industry. Following this process, called a “sunrise period”, eligible entities will be able to register a domain under the .hotel TLD at a wide range of commercial domain registrars.