August 30, 2016
The new gTLD .HOTEL was one of the new extensions particularly covered. Indeed, they were no less than 7 to apply for .HOTEL!
In 2014, the extension was awarded to the Luxembourg based company HOTEL TOP LEVEL DOMAIN Sarl, which has recently been acquired by AFILIAS.
The group of the 6 losing pretenders (Travel Reservations, Famous Four Media, Radix, Minds + Machines, Donuts and Fegistry ) are now getting pretty angry and are “collectively threatening ICANN with a second Independent Review Process action”.
As a result, the application by HOTEL TOP LEVEL DOMAIN Sarl for .HOTEL is now “on hold” while ICANN tries to clear this mess!
More to come.