Tourism is beginning to move gradually. And it is that with vaccines and security measures, we hope that the coronavirus pandemic little by little becomes a bad memory. But if we have verified something in this time, it is that tourism is one of the key sectors in Spain, although also in other areas of the world. There was a lot of talk about space and underwater tourism last week at the second Space and Underwater Tourism Universal Summit (SUTUS 2021) congress. And it is that the dream of many is getting closer and closer to coming true: explore the unexplored.
“Tourism is a very important sector, as the pandemic has shown,” he commented at the event. Maribel rodriguez, Vice President of the World Travel and Tourism Council. In fact, 54% of tourism-related jobs are held by women and 30% are by young people, one of the sectors that has come out the worst after the pandemic.
But the pandemic has also brought innovationRodriguez noted. For example, the acceleration of the digitization of many businesses. And above all, has opened the opportunity to “new markets and forms of tourism”, as indicated in SUTUS 2021. And it is that in the last almost two years we have seen space tourism advance by giant steps.
Different experiences, key in space and underwater tourism
For her, the success of space and underwater tourism will lie in a key point. And it is that, when traveling, we increasingly look for experiences. Other people in this sector agreed on this, such as José Mariano López-Urdiales, CEO of BLOON by zero2infinity or Hector Salvador, CEO of Triton Submarines, who even noted that people often point out that “there are no words to describe this experience.” In this case, the experiences they offer are very different; for example, the one for Triton Submarines is under the sea.
But let’s not forget about analogous missions either. To prepare astronauts to go to the Moon or Mars, they are trained in similar terrain. And that is called analogous missions. A clear example, and one that can be enjoyed by anyone who can afford it in Spain, is Astroland Agency. In this Cantabrian cave you can experience what it will be like to live on Mars.
Experience space tourism
In this SUTUS 2021, several options have been presented to travel to space, although we will still have to wait to see some start up. For now, we can opt for the options that we already know: the suborbital flights of Virgin galactic, Richard Branson’s company, owner of the Virgin Group; or Blue Origin, the aerospace company of Jeff Bezos, former CEO of Amazon.
Space Perspective, Virgin Galactic or Blue Origin offer different options for the same type of trip: suborbital flights
We know, thanks to Space VIP, one of the participants in this congress held in Marbella, that the prices for these flights will be around $ 125,000 with Space Perspective up to 250,000 with Virgin Galactic. We do not know anything about the prices of Bezos’ company at the moment. For price and time that will be spent in the space, the company that offers the most is Space perspective; since it will offer a luxurious experience during six hours of travel.
Orbital flights, for few pockets
Something similar happens with space travel, in this case orbital flights, by SpaceX, Elon Musk’s company. And the fact is that there has hardly been any talk about prices within this sector, which for the moment makes it up Axiom Space, Space adventures and Musk’s Aerospace Company.
The only company that has already priced its services is Axiom Space. Spending 10 days on the International Space Station, with a launch via SpaceX, would go out to $ 55 million per head. It includes, in addition to the trip, four months of training as a private astronaut.
Underwater tourism, the new ‘extreme’ experiences
Regarding underwater tourism, it is still a sector that is in full development. An example of the companies that are underway is that of Héctor Salvador: Triton Submarines. “There is a lot to explore in the deepest part of the ocean,” he noted in SUTUS 2021. In fact, he notes that we still “do not know how deep the deepest place is in the ocean” and that “technology has yet to be developed”.
And it is that knowing the seabed is also important: “We do not protect what we do not know”said the CEO of Triton Submarines. And it proposes the option of making resorts for underwater tourism.
Museums under the sea
University of Naples
But you don’t have to go down to the Mariana Trench to enjoy the seabed. One of the SUTUS 2021 proposals, that of the archaeologist Michele stefanile, are the museums under the sea. But is this possible? In fact, it is already a reality.
Myths such as that of the sunken civilization of Atlantis have always fascinated human beings. In addition, the coastline that existed, for example, in the old Greece, Italy or Spain they are not the same as there are now. “Even Egypt, the paradise of archeology, has underwater areas “that are worth visiting, said Stefanile. So yes, on the coasts there are numerous sunken cities that could be very interesting to conserve. And to bring the public closer through underwater tourism.
The Baia Underwater Park, near Naples, is an example that archeology, tourism and different experiences can be a good combination.
In short, tourism has evolved and will continue to do so. Now, people with money have their sights set on space tourism and the submarine; while the rest of the world will have to settle for daydreaming about a suborbital dive or flight. And it is that, unfortunately, some of these experiences are not for all budgets.