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THE MISSION AND PURPOSE OF THE NEW RESTRICTED .TRADERSHOTELS gTLD IS TO BENEFIT INTERNET USERS BY ENSURING INCREASED TRUST AND CONFIDENCE THROUGH THE ELIMINATION OF USER CONFUSION AND ASSURANCE OF BRAND AUTHENTICITY. The new .tradershotels gTLD will operate as a restricted registry, in which... Read more
THE MISSION AND PURPOSE OF THE NEW RESTRICTED .TRADERSHOTELS gTLD IS TO BENEFIT INTERNET USERS BY ENSURING INCREASED TRUST AND CONFIDENCE THROUGH THE ELIMINATION OF USER CONFUSION AND ASSURANCE OF BRAND AUTHENTICITY.
The new .tradershotels gTLD will operate as a restricted registry, in which Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited (Shangri-La International) can create and control domain spaces within .tradershotels that promote its Traders Hotels brand. In this regard, .tradershotels will be used by Shangri-La International to provide information, services and resources regarding Traders Hotels to consumers in a way that promotes trust, confidence and convenience..tradershotels will provide an authoritative internet space for Shangri-La International, its affiliates and partners that are associated with the Traders Hotels brand. Second and third level domains can then be utilised for localised booking services and for communication and marketing purposes, with internet users assured of brand authenticity.
Traders Hotels are a brand of hotels owned, operated and/or managed by Shangri-La International. Shangri-La International opened the first Traders Hotel in 1989 and currently operates 13 Traders Hotels in 8 countries across Asia and the Middle East. This is expected to expand to 9 countries in the near future. Shangri-La International, trading as Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, is a global group that owns, operates and/or manages five-star hotels and resorts across the world. Shangri-La International, established in 1984, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Asia Limited (Shangri-La Asia). Shangri-La Asia, listed on the Hong Kong and Singapore Stock Exchanges and traded as American Depositary Receipts (ADR) in the US, had 2010 revenue of nearly USD1.6 billion and a market capitalisation of approximately USD42 billion. Shangri-La Asia has over 33,000 employees and around 30,000 guest rooms across its suite of hotels. The Traders Hotels brand offers a vibrant yet professional environment which caters to more value-conscious, savvy business travellers. In this regard, consumer trust, continuous innovation and protection of the Traders Hotels brand are paramount considerations in all its activities. The .tradershotels gTLD will promote the Traders Hotels brand and maintain Shangri-La International's strong online presence. These objectives will be further complemented by Shangri-La International's applications for "tradershotels" in Chinese Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in both traditional and simplified characters.
Business activities are increasingly conducted over the internet, allowing for greater levels of interaction between businesses and customers. As a result, both businesses and end users benefit from ease of interaction and a wider range of choices with lower transaction costs. However, the development in this arena in the current domain name system has exposed both businesses and consumers to increased criminal activities over the internet, including data breach, hacking and phishing. These sophisticated criminal activities cause reputational damage to businesses as internet users lose consumer confidence and trust with the businesses targeted by such criminal activities. The .tradershotels gTLD will facilitate greater trust and assurance from internet users connecting with Shangri-La International and its Traders Hotels online, whilst still allowing convenient and efficient interaction.
Shangri-La International's mission and purpose of the proposed gTLD share ICANN's initiatives to promote public interest. Shangri-La International is committed to contribute towards achieving such initiatives in line with ICANN's Affirmation of Commitments, which includes:
-consumer trust: the .tradershotels gTLD registry will be operated in a centralised manner with a restrictive registration policy. Registration of domain names will only be available to Shangri-La International and its affiliate and associated entities, at this stage, which will provide added consumer trust that .tradershotels domain names are trustworthy. As .tradershotels domain names are subject to registration standards, policies and procedures under Shangri-La International's control, this eliminates the possibility of malicious conduct within the .tradershotels domain space;
-competition: the proposed gTLD is not intended to instigate competition and consumer choice at the level of registration of domain names among prospective registrants. Instead it is anticipated to contribute to ICANN's initiatives to promote public interest through its operation focused on promoting consumer trust. Increased trust in .tradershotels will drive existing and new top level domain (TLD) registry operators to make improvements in mechanisms to improve consumer trust of their TLDs; and
-consumer choice: the proposed gTLD will enable user-driven improvements and innovations assisting Shangri-La International's marketing efforts through its ability to create new second and third level domain names on demand. These names will provide the consumers with more choices for interacting with Shangri-La International. As Shangri-La International has effective control over the registration and use of domain names under .tradershotels domain space, this will also contribute towards general service innovations on the internet.
Given the restricted nature of .tradershotels, the projected number of registration is likely to be limited. It is anticipated that around 20 domain names will be registered in the first year. Over the next few years, the number of registrations is likely to increase to about 50 domain names as Shangri-La International develops and implements new services and marketing campaigns.
As .tradershotels expands and evolves, Shangri-La International will continue to comply with all operational, technical and policy requirements, as well as maintaining consumer trust and the stability of the internet. Shangri-La International will keep ICANN reasonably informed of any material developments relating to .tradershotels including compliance with the continued operations instrument obligations as set out in Specification 8 of the Registry Agreement.
Shangri-La International intends to create relevant domain names for use including product, services or geographic names in the second or third level domain names. In accordance with registration policy and the proposed measures for protection of geographic names as outlined in response to Question 22, Shangri-La International will use geographic names to localise its websites in countries in which it currently operates the Traders Hotels brand. It is anticipated that the number of geographic names used at the second and third level will increase as Shangri-La International expands the Traders Hotels brand into new cities and countries. The use of geographic names is intended to:
-connect internet users with relevant information as applicable to the territory; and
-comply with required rules and regulations in the national territory.
Traders Hotels is a well-recognised brand with its trademark registered in 20 countries and territories and has pending trademark applications in a further 14 countries and territories for 6 categories, including: Entertainment Services (Class 41); Restaurant and Hospitality Services (Class 43); and Medical and Beauty Care Services (Class 44).
Shangri-La International has 2 existing domain names with an exact match to the "Traders Hotels" trademark in the tradershotels.com and tradershotels.biz gTLDs. Shangri-La International has a further 15 gTLDs partially containing the "Traders Hotels" trademark. Additionally, Shangri-La International has several existing Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in both traditional and simplified Chinese characters with an exact match to the Chinese equivalent of its "Traders Hotels" trademark.×