About Priava's Technology - Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…read more
University of South Australia supports Australia’s involvement in Space Tourism
In late 2018, Sir Richard Branson claimed his Virgin Galactic service would be taking passengers into space by the end of 2019. University of South Australia (UniSA) Professor in Tourism, Dr Marianna Sigala, says the time has come for Australian industry leaders, from sectors including space, tourism, food, health and education, to be actively developing strategies aimed at ensuring Australia is a key global player in future space tourism.
Professor Sigala explains “we can’t afford to ignore this any longer, because it has such huge potential to become a major industry delivering many multiplier economic effects - Australia can build a whole tourism ecosystem with numerous sub-economies around space tourism.
“If you have a spaceport in Australia, people don’t just fly in and fly out; they need to be fed, insured, they need medical checks, psychological support and training, they will have family with them who will need to be accommodated and all these extra dimensions would develop into a network around space travel.
“And you also have those people who want to go to space but for health reasons, can’t, so developing simulation services, like a space-themed ‘park’, on Australian ground is another opportunity for a new ‘tourism’ attraction.”
Whether or not Branson meets his deadline, most experts agree it is only a matter of time before commercial space travel becomes a reality, and there are growing indications Australia could play a key role in the emerging space tourism industry.
Branson has made it clear he thinks Australia is an extremely attractive location for a spaceport, telling the ABC earlier this year, "We would love one day to set up an operation in Australia and to work with the Australian government in making that possible.”
In February, the director of the new Australian Space Agency, Dr Megan Clark, told delegates at UniSA’s eighth Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program that the agency is taking Branson’s interest very seriously, and is extremely positive about space tourism in general.
Australia already has eight travel agencies partnered with Virgin Galactic, and Prof Sigala says while prices for a ticket are currently very high, when they start to fall, as they inevitably will, it is essential Australia has already established a place in the industry.
Professor Sigala added “this sort of travel won’t just be for the rich for long, because the demand will be so great it will eventually make it more accessible.
“People will want to go to space for all sorts of reasons - adventure, spiritual wonder, even to gain fame and celebrity - and they will be willing to pay a lot of money for that experience and the services around it, so it is important Australia can provide that to them.”
Prof Sigala also notes we shouldn’t underestimate the potential social good that could arise from regular routine access to space.
She believes space tourism could provide greater opportunity and funds for scientific research, bring down the costs associated with other orbital technology such as satellites, and possibly provide new perspectives for travellers’ understanding of Earth and the universe, concluding "space tourism falls into the category of what is known as ‘transformational services’, which are consumed not just to satisfy basic survival needs; transformational services enable people to rethink and re-set their value system, their priorities and way of thinking, to learn and to self-develop, to change their attitude, mindsets or their behaviour or perception about certain things.
“Anyone travelling into space and seeing the Earth from above, even if it is only for a very brief period of time, will likely be psychologically and socially transformed by the experience in some way.
“This is what makes space tourism something more than just a trip for the rich – the experience will have deep meaning for many people, so I believe the space tourism industry can expect to see strong growth and demand, even after the novelty of being one of the first to experience it has passed.”
Image: Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic service.
16th January 2019 - New international dark sky sanctuary revealed on Stewart Island
20th September 2015 - Branson acknowledges key people behind the expansion of Virgin Active
5th February 2009 - Spend it like Beckham: Auditor-General probes Galaxy visit
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Our team believes floors should be beautiful, comfortable, and engineered for safety, even when wet. Life Floor tiles meet six unique performance based standards: slip-resistance, impact absorption,…read more
Summit Fitness Equipment is now part of NovoFit - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/novofit/read more
As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd. Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing. 19th July 2018 - ENTA…read more
SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…read more
Humanforce is a global provider of workforce management solutions for companies who need flexibility to manage complex workforces. Companies use Humanforce to manage everything from time and…read more
TRP help health clubs, leisure centres and gyms across the globe create happy, loyal members through our user-friendly software which enables effective engagement and the delivery exceptional customer…read more
iEDM integrate Design, Engineering and Delivery Management services to convert existing spaces into exciting new entertainment venues. Our team consists of highly qualified professionals with diverse…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!