Welsh businesses are calling for their own top level domain name.
Newport, Gwent based Citypages, which designs and markets Web pages, has found an increasing number of small and medium sized Welsh businesses were requesting a Welsh domain.
The majority of requests have come from small and medium-sized firms, which rely heavily on tourism or local business, such as hotels and car dealerships.
?Our job is to get as many hits for our clients as we can, and feel they would be found more easily with a Welsh identifier,? said Alan Clarke, managing director of Citypages.
Two sites eager for a Welsh domain, such as ?.wa?, ?.wal?, or ?.ukw?, are the Legend theme park currently being built in Wales and Caldey Island off the coast of Tenby.
Caldey Island is a tranquil island inhabited by a community of non-speaking monks who communicate via email and manufacture goods from ice cream to chocolate and perfume.
Citypages passed on the companies? requests to UK domain registrar Nominet. Nominet said it didn?t have the power to create a Welsh domain as it is directed by the UK government and the International Standards Organisation.
Clarke said he will not give up as it will become an even more important issue for Welsh businesses as ecommerce grows.
?The latest figures from the London Chamber of Commerce state that European ecommerce trade will reach #40 billion by 2002. We want Wales to have a share in this #40 billion,? he said.
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