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dc.contributor.author Cater, Carl Iain
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-01T10:27:55Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-01T10:27:55Z
dc.date.issued 2010-12
dc.identifier.citation Cater , C I 2010 , ' Steps to Space; opportunities for astrotourism ' Tourism Management , vol 31 , no. 6 , pp. 838-845 . , 10.1016/j.tourman.2009.09.001 en
dc.identifier.issn 0261-5177
dc.identifier.other PURE: 162885
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/6867
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/6867
dc.description Sponsorship: Research Councils UK Academic Fellowship en
dc.description.abstract Recent years have seen the emergence of the astrotourist following the $20 million trip by Dennis Tito to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2001. Although this is the preserve of the hyper-elite, within the next decade it is likely that there will be more affordable opportunities on sub-orbital reusable vehicles pioneered by the Virgin group. This paper offers an overview of recent developments in the space tourism industry as a whole and offers definitions for the new sector of astrotourism. Drawing on motivational theory, the study examines the motivations and experiences that astrotourists have demonstrated through interviews reported through the media. However, parallels are demonstrated with the existing terrestrial space tourism industry, which has been largely ignored to date. Consequently the paper also examines the management of these sites and the challenges this niche presents. There is also evidence of a travel career being marketed by space tourism travel agents, dubbed by one interviewee as ‘steps to space’. This builds on potential tourists' existing aspirations for space experiences allied to these companies' credentials in adventure tourism. Whilst sharing parallels to the work of Pearce (1982), the focus of this career on one particular theme is of interest. This theoretical bridging is useful for observing tourism organisations at work, and furthermore uncovers the massive potential that developments in space tourism present for the tourism industry as a whole. en
dc.format.extent 8 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Tourism Management en
dc.subject Astrotourism en
dc.subject Space tourism en
dc.subject History of travel en
dc.subject Motivation en
dc.title Steps to Space; opportunities for astrotourism en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2009.09.001
dc.contributor.institution School of Management & Business en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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