A new Top-Level-Domain (TLD)?

Okay, I’m an internet junkie and I usually hear about stuff like this but this one took me by surprise. I was watching TV a couple of weeks ago and saw an ad tempting people to visit Utah. At the end of the ad it said, “Visit us at ‘utah.travel‘.”

What?! Who’s ever heard of .travel? Have I been sleeping or what? I’ve seen sites that use foreign country codes in odd ways (del.icio.us) but this is actually a whole new top-level-domain.
My 30 second search found ‘idaho.travel‘, ‘pennsylvania.travel‘ (under construction), ‘alabama.travel‘, ‘florida.travel‘ (forwards to ‘visitflorida.com’), ‘arizona.travel‘, and ‘montana.travel‘. This is a seriously underused TLD.

What other ‘.travel’ sites are you familiar with? What other top-level-domains are out there that I’ve never heard of?

Time for a website redesign? GigaOM, Amazon.com, and MSNBC are doing it.

Lots of big sites are getting makeovers right now. Is there something in the air? What’s going on?

Off the top of my head, I can think of MSNBC.com, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Freelance Switch, GigaOM and Web Worker Daily that have recently redesigned (or realigned for those in the know). I’ve also heard rumors that Del.icio.us is redesigning.

Who else has redesigned lately? Add other sites in the comments.