Has anyone else picked up discrepancies in the use of the dot travel domains? Our company was recently approached by a USA company offering to rent us a highly sought after URL at $1000 per month. A little investigation showed that the registrar was not one of the authorized .travel registrars, and the company which owns the domain name appears to be little more than a front for this registrar. The registrarísite is "under construction" and currently operates as a scraper.
I contacted Tralliance (who oversee the dot travel registry) and they are now "investigating" this, but I am not satisfied from their response that they regard this seriously enough. It was a major thing for travel companies to go through the authentication process with an accredited organization, and now it seems that some unscrupulous people have found a loophole in the system and obtained highly valuable URL's which were denied to legitimate travel companies during the authentication period.
Is this the start of the rot of the dot travel TLD's?
It generated a bit of buzz in the begining in the travel industry, but quickly became a big yawn. When it was actually approved, I can't even remember that it even got a mention in any of the trade newsletters I read.