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Domaining Spain Ends Another Successful Run After Attendees from 18 Countries Converged in Valencia  

The 2014 Domaining Spain Conference concluded its three-day run at the Hotel Sorolla Place in Valencia Saturday. Show promoter Dietmar Stefitz said attendees from 18 different countries came together for the 6th edition of the annual event in Valencia - a beautiful city that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. 

Attendees at the 2014 Domaining Spain Conference gathered on the front steps
of the Hotel Sorolla Palace in Valencia for the show's traditional group photo.

Domaining Spain Founder Dietmar Stefitz (left) introduces speaker Daniel Eisenhut of EuroDNSin this photo from attendee Joan Orquin's Twitter feed.

As you would expect new gTLDs were a prime topic of conversation at Domaining Spain, however Stefitz said that even though all new registry operators were given an open invitation to attend, very few took the opportunity to come and talk about their extensions. Stefitz told us, "Only some Geo and Community TLDs like .wien
and .hiv were represented. .Wien CEO Ronald Schwaerzler noted that .wien already has more Sunrise registrations than .berlin had (and .berlin has become the second most popular new gTLD released to date, trailing only .guru in total registrations."

Stefitz added, "In general the audience was disappointed about how little money is being spent on publicity in general for the new GTLDs.
One audience member remarked that they must  be spending everything on running auctions."
Stefitz said there was also disappointment that, after years of laying the groundwork,  Annalisa 

Roger and Tim Switzer were not able to get rights to operate .green (which wound up going to the highest bidder in an auction).

Of course, Domaining Spain had its usual full complement of business sessions covering all of today's major industry issues. Stefitz said there was a consensus that, for continued growth, the domain industry needs an awareness campaign aimed at the general public, and also needs more influence in international bodies, especially ICANN.

Stefitz said few doubt that .com will remain the dominant extension for many years to come, noting, "it will likely be at least October before we see any real development  

A shot from the first panel discussion at Domaining 
Spain
2014 from the HasTraffic.com Twitter feed.

and content on new gTLDs." However he added that many believe that in the long run new gTLDs will give the Internet a better structure and will provide accesses to millions of new users with the introductions of extensions in local alphabets (IDNs).

Domaining Spain also handed out its annual awards. This year's winner were: 

Domainer Nacional: Alberto Gutiérrez (MrDominio)
Domainer Europeo: Michele Neylon (de Blacknight)
Domainer Internacional: Thierry François (de namepropierties) 

As with all conferences, the biggest return on attendee's time and money came from the opportunity to build new relationships and strengthen existing ones. Domaining Spain provided constant networking opportunities in both business and casual settings.

A group of friends (old and new) get together during a break at the 
2014 Domaining Spain
conference (photo from Felix Mezcua's Twitter feed).

Now that the 2014 conference is in the books, Stefitz is already thinking about the 2015 event, one that he plans to make a "Mega European Event."  With six popular shows behind him the groundwork has already been laid for the giant leap forward he is aiming for next time around.

(Posted May 13, 2014)


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