ICANN approved the useless .travel top-level domain last year -- well, useless to anybody except the registrars collecting the fees -- and it opened for business this week. Apparently because applications are reviewed by some trade groups to ensure they're made by groups that meet an arbitrary definition of travel-related, consumers can have "confidence" they're dealing with a legitmate travel site. I guess all those .com sites people buy plane tickets and make hotel reservations on aren't reputable anymore, and on the flip side, anybody involved in the travel industry (and that can bother to fill out a .travel application) is automatically reputable. Almost none of the justifications for adding new TLDs at ICANN's discretion add up, except for the idea that they exist just to generate more registrar fees. If ICANN wants more TLDs, throw things open to any TLD, rather than just tricking a few out every so often.
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