• English beats Portuguese in $2.2m .hotels auction

    … 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…

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  • Booking.com uses .africa precedent to challenge .hotels ruling

    …. It then filed an IRP, but that concluded this March with the panel awarding a grudging win to ICANN, which it orders should split the costs of the case. In April, the ICANN board adopted the IRP panel’s findings, saying that the two applicants should remain in the contention set. Booking.com, along with Travel Reservations, filed a second RfR…

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