20(a) Provide the name and full description of the community that the applicant is committing to serve

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.hotelHOTEL Top-Level-Domain S.a.r.ldothotel.infoView

The .hotel namespace will exclusively serve the global Hotel Community.

The string “Hotel” is an internationally agreed word that has a clear definition of its meaning:

According to DIN EN ISO 18513:2003, “A hotel is an establishment with services and additional facilities where accommodation and in most cases meals are available.“

Therefore only entities which fulfil this definition are members of the Hotel Community and eligible to register a domain name under .hotel.

.hotel domains will be available for registration to all companies which are member of the Hotel Community on a local, national and international level. The registration of .hotel domain names shall be dedicated to all entities and organizations representing such entities which fulfil the ISO definition quoted above:

1. Individual Hotels
2. Hotel Chains
3. Hotel Marketing organizations representing members from 1. and⁄or 2.
4. International, national and local Associations representing Hotels and Hotel Associations representing members from 1. and⁄or 2.
5. Other Organizations representing Hotels, Hotel Owners and other solely Hotel related organizations representing on members from 1. and⁄or 2.

These categories are a logical alliance of members, with the associations and the marketing organizations maintaining membership lists, directories and registers that can be used, among other public lists, directories and registers, to verify eligibility against the .hotel Eligility requirements.

The Hotel Community is clearly delineated, well organized, and pre-existing. This can be demonstrated by many Hotel Associations which organize the representation of hotels’ interests towards their target groups (businesses, administration and customers). Among those associations the International Hotel and Restaurant Association (IH&RA) is the oldest one, which was founded in 1869⁄1946, is the only global business organization representing the hotel industry worldwide and it is the only global business organization representing the hospitality industry (hotels and restaurants) worldwide. Officially recognized by United Nations as the voice of the private sector globally, IH&RA monitors and lobbies all international agencies on behalf of this industry. Its members represent more than 300,000 hotels and thereby the majority of hotels worldwide.

Among community activities international and national congresses play an important role. In addition, many hotel associations and their members use online communication tools such as newsletter, blogs, Facebook and their own websites to communicate with members, customers and industry partners. The biggest gathering of the global Hotel Community is the annual trade show (Internationale Tourismus Boerse – ITB) in Berlin with over 10,000 exhibitors from 180 countries. Hotel Top-Level-Domain S.a.r.L. participates regularly at national and international congresses, trade shows, is invited speaker and cited in relevant media. The string “.hotel” has no other significant meaning, it only stands for Hotels according to the ISO definition. Including the IH&RA, the majority of the Hotel Community support the initiative by Hotel Top-Level-Domain Sarl, including the definition of the community, the Eligibility Requirements, Content Policy and other related domain policies.

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