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Space Tourism Expert Sees Latest Innovations as Portal to Spaceflight Revolution

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Sat Apr 2, 2005 5:47 am
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travelvideo.tv: Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures, Ltd., the world’s leading space tourism company, will participate in a panel discussion on the latest innovations to affect the travel industry at the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 5th Global Travel and Tourism Summit. Founded in 1997, Space Adventures is the only company in the world to have sent private citizens to space. Mr. Anderson has a great vision for commercial space travel, fueled by incredible innovations in the past year that have made the concept of mass-market space tourism a reality. Space Adventures will fly tens of thousands of people to space over the next 10-15 years.

They will fly around the moon and back from spaceports located on Earth and in space, to and from private space stations, and aboard dozens of different vehicles.

Private space tourism officially began in 2001, when Space Adventures arranged the mission for U.S. businessman Dennis Tito, who became the first private citizen in space and demonstrated to the world that there was a market of people willing to pay to fly to space. More recently, a Zogby poll found that private space exploration could generate revenues for the travel and tourism industry of over $1 billion (USD) a year within 20 years.

Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures, Ltd.: “Space Adventures envisions thousands of passengers in flight. We plan to commence suborbital spaceflight in the 2007-08 timeframe and look forward to opening the space frontier to all.” Mention Eric’s session details – day/time/moderated by Nik Gowing, BBC World.

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