Companies rushing to register ahead of December 21 land rush.
Dot-travel registrar EnCirca (www.encirca.com) announces a surge in new .travel domain name registrations ahead of the travel registry rule changes scheduled to take effect on Friday, December 21 at 18:00 EST.
Ã¢â¬ÅCompanies are deciding to secure the names they are already authenticated forÃ¢â¬Â says Tom Barrett, President of EnCirca. Ã¢â¬ÅOn Friday, all dot-travel domain names become first-come, first-served and will be available to any travel companyÃ¢â¬Â.
This includes nearly 300,000 reserved destination names. Effective with the new relaxed eligibility policy, Tralliance, the .travel registry is planning to release thousands of reserved place names, such as cities, iconic cultural sites and world heritage landmarks.
Ã¢â¬ÅEnCirca is the only travel registrar offering pre-registrations for all available namesÃ¢â¬Â, says Barrett. Ã¢â¬ÅWe will automatically submit applications to the dot-travel registry once the new rules take effect.Ã¢â¬Â
Travel Companies interested in securing names ahead of the land rush still have time to become authenticated by Tralliance or their travel association for dot-travel names. The best way is to provide a website address demonstrating services for the travel and tourism industry. Travel companies can request authenticated by visiting www.encirca.com.
Once authenticated, companies then wait until Friday night to apply for dot-travel domain names. Alternatively, they may pre-register their desired names and dot travel registrars like EnCirca will automatically submit the names for them for registration.
Ã¢â¬ÅWe are also processing last-minute registrations for tourism boards interested in their destination namesÃ¢â¬Â, says Barrett of EnCirca. Ã¢â¬ÅThis is a wise move as a lot of our pre-registrations are for reserved destination names.Ã¢â¬Â
All pre-registrations are priced the same as regular dot-travel registrations at a tax-free $99/year.
To become authenticated and pre-register for dot travel, go to www.encirca.com.