Seven years after pursuing the idea of a travel specific Internet domain and a year and a half after the official launch of .travel, Ron Andruff, founder and President of the Tralliance Corporation, the registry for .travel, is leaving the company to pursue new opportunities and interests. Mr. Andruff?s departure was anticipated. The Company continues to be led by Michael Egan, Chairman and Ed Cespedes, CEO, who took steps to expand and reorganize the Company last year.

?We are grateful to Ron Andruff for his vision of a travel-specific Internet domain,? said Michael Egan. ?His dedication and enthusiasm for this vision has set the stage for us to build real value with .travel on the Internet for the travel and tourism industry and consumers worldwide.?

.travel has several pending initiatives aimed at helping consumers do a better and easier job of searching and finding relevant travel and travel-related information on the Internet. Laying the groundwork for its new initiatives .travel will be launching a consumer advertising and promotional campaign later this year that coincides with enhancements made to search.travel, .travel?s exclusive Internet portal and search engine for consumers. These enhancements will include an improved focus on destinations with the addition of greater destination content and information, including virtual maps.

Two examples of destinations that have adopted .travel are Utah and Egypt. Both destinations have seized on the branding and authentication aspects of .travel to recreate their websites, email addresses and promotional activities around their .travel domain names.