Eric Anderson, co-founder & Chairman of Space Adventures, will be interviewed on stage by CNN’s Richard Quest at the keynote session of PATA’s 60th Anniversary and Conference, 9-12 April 2011, at the China World Hotel, Beijing, China.
Anderson, whose company sent the first tourist into space in 2001, has a vision to open up space flights and the space frontier to private citizens. He believes space travel will revolutionise commercial airline travel.
“We envision that, through the development of advanced spacecraft, the price of space travel will decrease and will enable the introduction of point-to-point travel,” said Anderson.
Despite the prohibitive cost of space travel now, he said the price would eventually come down, enabling many more people the chance to realise their dream of flying amongst the stars.
“We believe that once the price of spaceflight can be reduced to the tens’ of thousands, instead of starting at US$100,000 it will become more mainstream and accessible for the general public,” he said.
CNN’s Richard Quest will open the platform up to an interactive debate.
The PATA 60th Anniversary and Conference marks the return of the PATA Annual Conference after a five-year hiatus. Focusing on some of the biggest issues facing travel and tourism executives, the programme will feature high profile speakers.