It was Royal Welsh Show day yesterday (21 July) and it was notable in the domain name world because at the show a number of prominent Welsh organisations announced they were switching to .wales and .cymru domains.
The Welsh language TV channel S4C, the National Assembly for Wales, Wales Federation of Young Farmers Club, Sport Wales, the Welsh Books Council and the Arts Council for Wales all announced they will be using their new domains to underline their Welsh identity online. The Welsh government announced its switch to .cymru and .wales just last month and some will be switching over as soon as the new domains go live in late autumn.
Nominet, the company behind .cymru and .wales is encouraging trademark holders to act now to help to secure the corresponding domain name by submitting it to the Trademark Clearing House before the end of July.
General availability will commence on St Davidâs Day (1 March) in 2015. St David is the patron saint of Wales.