IHG – Not happy bunnies…
Just had a lovely letter from those folk in Atlanta (to read the full version click on the post) who aren’t very happy about the use of “Priority Club” in the domain name.
I can’t really argue with the fact that it may “creates confusion by suggesting IHG’s sponsorship or endorsement of your website” as I get a numerous emails from folk wanting me to credit points for their stay in <insert hotel name here> due to their questionable IT system and raft of unclear rules of when you do/do not get points for a stay. But I do disagree with “Continued use of the Domain Name will cause loss of goodwill to IHG” - I think the site does the opposite.
What seems odd is that…
- It’s taken this long for them to get around to it ( 2 1/2 years) - and it’s not like this is a new initiative as I know of another site that received this letter last year and the person on the other end of this letter (name withheld) has been working for IHG since 2000 – so must have been aware of the site for at least 18 months?
- I promote IHG promotions which helps drive customers to their hotel = more revenue
- There is no loss in revenue to IHG as any links that I create in my posts to IHG do not earn me, and therefore cost them, any commission.
I guess I’m just out of favour this month – or it’s the lack of recent updates (sorry)….
Anyway, I don’t really fancy a legal battle so it’s time to rename the site – suggestions welcome – although I think IHGinsider.com is out (even though it’s available)
Re: Registration of “priorityclubinsider.com” as a Domain Name
Dear Domain Registrant,
InterContinental Hotels Group (“IHG”) is a global hotel company which owns, leases, manages or franchises over 4500 hotels in over 100 countries and territories. Together with its subsidiaries, including Six Continents Hotels, Inc. (“SCH”), IHG owns nine hotel brands as well as numerous other trademarks, including the “” (“Brand Trademarks”). IHG has widespread and continuous use of the Brand Trademarks and has acquired extensive goodwill with respect to those marks. SCH has registered the Brand Trademarks in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and other trademark offices worldwide.
It has come to IHG’s attention that you have registered and are using, without our permission or authorization, the domain name “priorityclubinsider.com” (“Domain Name”). The Domain Name incorporates Brand Trademarks and misleads customers and creates confusion by suggesting IHG’s sponsorship or endorsement of your website. Continued use of the Domain Name will cause loss of goodwill to IHG, and is a violation of trademark and unfair competition laws.
The Brand Trademarks and our favorable reputation are extremely important to us. Thus, it is essential that we take steps to prevent any trademark infringement in the marketplace. We are therefore requesting that you immediately stop using any and all domain names using the Brand Trademarks, transfer the existing Domain Names to us, and refrain from creating any new domain names using the Brand Trademarks in any manner.
Please contact (name kindly removed) at 770-604-xxxx to facilitate the transfer.