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Type: Private
Industry: TLDs
Founded: 2010
Founder(s): Johannes Lenz-Hawliczek
Katrin Ohlmer
Headquarters: 68, av. de la Liberté,
1930 Luxembourg
Country: Luxembourg
Twitter: TwitterIcon.png@dotHotel
Key People
Johannes Lenz-Hawliczek, Managing Director
Katrin Ohlmer, Managing Director

HOTEL® Top-Level-Domain GmbH or dotHOTEL is the applying entity for .hotel in ICANN's New gTLD Program. Its mission is to provide a secure and credible namespace for the global hotel industry, meaning its providers, suppliers, and customers, as well as to provide products and services enhancing the efficiency and convenience of marketing and e-commerce for hotels and related organizations worldwide.[1]

.hotel is supported by the International Hotel and Restaurant Association, the largest global association of hospitality providers,[2] as well as by the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa,, the German Hotel Association (IHA), WorldHotels, FEHGRA Argentina, Corinthia Hotels International, and Der Europäische Hof Hotel Europa, among others.[3]

In December 2010, dotHOTEL selected Afilias as the DNS and registry services provider for the .hotel TLD application to be submitted to ICANN.[4]


Aside from its Managing Directors, Johannes Lenz-Hawliczek and Katrin Ohlmer, HOTEL Top-Level-Domain Sarl is comprised of an international Advisory Board that advises, supports, and make recommendations for the policies and operations regarding .hotel. It is designed to ensure that the interests of the global hotel community are being represented in a fair manner. The founding members of the board are:

  • Dr. Ghassan Aidi, President of the International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IH&RA)
  • Joe McInerney, President and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)
  • Markus Luthe, member of the executive committee of the European hotel association HOTREC (Hotels, Restaurants & Cafés in Europe)
  • Philipp Grabensee, Chairman of the Board of Afilias, representing the domain name industry.[5]