If you follow the domain name drop lists, you probably noticed some high value hotel-related domain names coming up for auction. It looks like a major hotel company let some valuable domain names expire, including the following names:
These domain names seem to be pending delete, and I could be wrong, but I do not believe they can be renewed at this point. There are other hotel related domain names not included in the list above that appear to be in a similar status. The domain names show the registrant as Six Continents Hotels, Inc. This company operates well-known hotel chains around the world, including Intercontinental Hotels, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Staybridge Suites.
These domain names are registered at MarkMonitor, and they will likely go to auction at the drop catching platform that catches them individually. I don’t believe MarkMonitor has a relationship with any of the drop catching auction platforms. There are many backorders at NameJet for most of the domain names, and I presume the other platforms also have significant interest from their participants.
I don’t know why the company would decide to let these domain names go. They could be used simply to forward any traffic to a specific local hotel or to the corporate website. Even though they aren’t on-brand from what I can tell, they could have sold these domain names prior to expiration. I believe MarkMonitor handles domain name sales on behalf of its clients who wish to sell their domain name assets and there seems to be quite a bit of interest in them judging by the number of backorders.
I backordered several of these domain names and might be an active bidder. It will be interesting to see how much these domain names are worth to domain investors (primarily) on the wholesale market. From the looks of it, these domain names will sell for quite a bit of money, so the fact that they in an expired status is puzzling to me.