For companies selling big ticket items and high-end services to well-healed clients, it can be a challenge for corporate event planners to find a unique luxury incentives to reward customer loyalty. For decades, we've watched space adventures on TV and in movies. Star Trek calls space "the final frontier".
Some time ago, Virgin Galactic announced plans for commercial space tourism. Space incentive travel may one day be a reality. Testing has been progressing well. There have been 30 SpaceShipTwo flights and 75 WhiteKnightTwo flights.
Demand has been so strong that Virgin Galactic has had to order additional spacecrafts. So far, 430 space tourism pioneers have signed up for the 2 1/2 hour adventure that will include a 5 minutes walk in space. Virgin Galactic is still taking bookings.
On October 17, 2011, Sir Richard Branson and Susana Martinez, the Governor of New Mexico, dedicated the 'Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space'.
More than 800 guests watched as WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo soared over Spaceport America. 150 Virgin Galactic clients who have already made the US$20,000 deposit for space flights came from 21 countries to attend the ceremony. These early space travelers will each pay accredited space agents US$200,000 for their epic journey.
One day, space travel may become more affordable. In the meantime, at a fraction of the price, companies that don't have the budget for a real space adventure can host corporate events and business meetings at event venues offering realistic space simulations.
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