English beats Portuguese in $2.2m .hotels auction

by Kevin Murphy
Booking.com has won the right to operate .hotels after an auction concluded a protracted fight over the gTLD. In an ICANN-run auction yesterday, Booking.com prevailed with a winning bid of $2.2 million. Its sole competitors was Travel Reservations (formerly Despegar Online), which had applied for the Portuguese word .hoteis. In 2012, a String Similarity Review panel concluded that .Read the full article