July 22, 2008; 04:39 AM
Hong Kong (OPENPRESS) July 22, 2008 -- DotAsia Organisation announced
today the successful completion of the 5 Weekly Hot or Not Domains
AppraisalContests. Winning domains for the 5 weeks were: Resorts.Asia,
Careers.Asia, Southeast.Asia, SEO.Asia and Vodka.Asia. The winners came
from 5 different countries: Hong Kong (China), Australia, US, Israel
and Indonesia. Contest entry period ended July 13th with just under
1,000 submissions. The competition now moves to its most anticipated
round, the Grand Prize with a cash prize of US$10,000.
According to the rules of the contest, winners must correctly answer a
domain related trivia question before they can take home the cash
prizes. Live Trivia rounds for the contest continues on the
DomainMasters show at WebmasterRadio.FM, Wednesdays 7:00PM EST. Tune in
or check out the archives at: http://domainmasters.think.asia.
“It’s been a wonderful experience meeting the winners on DomainMasters.
The fact that contestants are coming from around the world confirms the
global appeal for .Asia domains,” says Edmon Chung, CEO of DotAsia
Organisation. “We set out to produce a fun contest for the industry and
to raise general awareness about value of domain names. I believe the
smiles from the winners, which included domain pros and new comers, are
the best proof that the contest has been a successful event.”
Expert appraisal and comments on .Asia domains from Sedo, Pool.com and
eName can be found on the ‘Hot or Not Blog’ along with the Top 10
Auctions list at www.think.asia. Recent changes in the top 10 list have
been exciting to watch. Ace.asia, which had been on the top of the list
for many weeks dropped completely out of the Top 10 list. Coming in
strongly over the last couple of weeks were GPS.Asia (US$22,515 and
ongoing), Models.Asia (US$41,009) and Vodka.Asia (US$25,000). Baby.Asia
(US$21,505) reached the Top 10 for a while and fell off, while
Discover.Asia (US$93,000 and ongoing) displaced Sex.Asia (US$83,334)
today to lead the way. “This is what is making the Grand Prize so
intriguing, constant jostling at the top makes it hard to know which
domain will eventually come out on top,” added Edmon.
Total proceeds from the .Asia Sunrise and Landrush auctions is fast
approaching US$6 million, after surpassing the US$3 million mark just a
few weeks ago. .Asia domains, which are all by definition geo related
domains, are also proving to attract more interest than geo domains in
.com based on the results of the recent Geo Domain Expo Domain Auction,
where the top 10 average was US$23,350, whereas average in the .Asia
auctions to date has already reached US$41,917, almost doubling the
.com dominated auctions in the secondary market. This demonstrates the
great investment and growth value of .Asia domains.
The winner of the Grand Prize of US$10,000 for the .Asia Hot-or-Not
Domains Appraisal Contest is expected to be revealed in August when the
.Asia Sunrise and Landrush auctions are complete. For contest details,
and the latest Top 10 list, live auction ticker, and winner
announcements, make your way to www.think.asia.
About DotAsia Organisation
DotAsia Organisation is the Sponsoring Organisation and Registry
Operator for the .Asia Sponsored Generic Top Level Domain. DotAsia is a
not-for-profit, community-based organisation incorporated in Hong Kong.
Asia has developed into a global force in the international commercial,
political and cultural network. The .Asia domain aspires to embrace
this dynamism in the Asia Century to become a nucleus, intersection and
breeding ground for Internet activity and development in the region. To
learn more about DotAsia, please visit: http://www.registry.asia