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Indian online travel industry hit by cyber squatters?

Indian online travel industry has been hit by cyber squatters who use brand names of popular travel portals as their domain names and also hoodwink consumers to generate traffic, reports Economic Times.

Indian online travel industry has been hit by cyber squatters who use brand names of popular travel portals as their domain names and also hoodwink consumers to generate traffic, reports Economic Times.

“Online travel as a segment is quite popular among internet users,” Ashwin Damera, CEO, Travelguru, has said. “Therefore, it has seen mushrooming of websites which are mainly ‘squatter websites’ or ‘domain parking sites’.”

But Nikhil Rungta, marketing head, Yatra.com, has a different opinion. “It’s a business model,” says Rungta. “Such websites are into serious business as they ultimately want to be the affiliates of travel portals.”

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