The new extension .HOTEL will be available soon.
It has been granted by ICANN to the Luxemburg Registry Top-Level-Domain Sarl. Six other companies had applied for this extension, among them Donuts, Famous Four Media and Radix.
It is one of the most controversial new extensions. Indeed, the hotel industry had clearly said that it did not want the extension .HOTEL to be granted to a company / registry with no link to this industry.
One of the reasons ICANN granted this extension to Top-Level-Domain is because this registry had received support from the 'International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IH&RA)’, one of the biggest organisation of this industry.
Then, there was no auction for this extension.
The extensions .HOTELS (ICANN said there is no risk of confusion with an s or without) and .HOTELES still are to be granted by ICANN.