According to a press release issued today, Minds + Machines which is owned by Top Level Domain Holdings Limited (AIM:TLDH.L), has been chosen by the City of Miami to apply for the .MIAMI top-level domain.
“On 7 March 2012, the Commissioners of the City of Miami voted 4-0 to accept the proposal from Minds + Machines and requested Minds + Machines to begin work on the application for .MIAMI immediately. The Minds + Machines’ proposal was chosen following a competitive bid process. Minds + Machines is wholly-owned by TLDH”.”
“Miami is a major tourist destination attracting over 38 million visitors annually who collectively spend on average US$17.1 billion each year. Miami is also a major business hub acting as a gateway between Latin America and the United States. Both Spanish and English are recognized languages in the city and the greater Miami area is the largest urban centre in the southeastern U.S. with a population of 5.5 million.”
Antony Van Couvering, CEO of TLDH, commented: “We are delighted to have secured the support of the City of Miami for .MIAMI. Miami is a key hub, a vibrant multi-cultural city recognized as a major fashion, retail, arts and commercial centre. Having its own top-level domain will enhance the standing of Miami globally and further enhance the City’s prominence in the field of technology and with the ever increasing importance of the Internet. We are well aware of the serious responsibilities given to us by the Commissioners, and we look forward to providing a modern, responsive and reliable .MIAMI registry.”
Top Level Domain Holdings previously announced that it has secured registry service contracts with clients for geographic and generic gTLDs in the US, Germany, India, Africa (.zulu), and New Zealand (.kiwi).
Minds+Machines also announced that it applied for the .Music TLD.
However unlike .Miami, there are expected to be many applications for .Music.
M+M application is a joint venture agreement with LHL TLD Investment Partners of Beverly Hills California (“LHL”) which is said to “consists of a number of leading music industry figures including artists, managers, music producers and lawyers.”
Antony Van Couvering, CEO of TLDH, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with leading music artists and professionals. This partnership brings financial weight and industry expertise to the table and confirms the value which we see in .music.”
On February 21, 2012, “the Company announced that it had already applied for 40 gTLD Application Slots on behalf of itself and its clients. The Company will be applying for a further batch of Application Slots before the Application Window closes on 12 April 2012.”