Space travel is the next big trip and now it is possible to book space travel through some serious tour operators who are putting their money where their visions are. One of those is Global Travel Collection, part of Internova Travel Group, which has a new partnership with Space Perspective – an enterprise that will enable people who want to travel to space to have luxury experiences during their explorations of the final frontier.
Through GTC brands, Travel advisors can book their clients on a six-hour spaceflight that will take them on a journey of a lifetime 100,000 feet above the Earth aboard Space Perspective’s innovative and elegant Spaceship Neptune. The space travel experience uses the world’s most accessible, sustainable and safest spacecraft. Instead of rocket fuel and high G forces, Spaceship Neptune is gently propelled by a state-of-the-art 700-foot-tall SpaceBalloon™ for a comfortable ride.
“We are always looking for new and unique opportunities for our advisors to offer the traveler who has been everywhere,” said Angie Licea, President of Global Travel Collection, a community of luxury travel agencies. “A spaceflight certainly fits that criteria. Until now, this historic opportunity has been available only to a select few. I know that many of our clients will want to sign up, and we are thrilled to offer this adventure to them through our partnership with Space Perspective.”
Naturally, there is limited capacity on these six-hour space flights, but reservations are available to travel advisors on three spaceflights, each with eight seats, set to lift off in late 2025.
“It’s exciting to join forces with a travel industry leader like Global Travel Collection as we embark on a new frontier of space tourism and travel offerings,” added Jane Poynter, Founder and Co-CEO of Space Perspective. “Our travel partnerships are invaluable, and we’re honored to be able to make these earlier flights available for GTC’s discerning global clientele.”
The space travel flight on Spaceship Neptune costs $125,000 per person. The ship seats eight passengers and a pilot. Neptune’s pressurized, roomy Spaceship Lounge is designed to dazzle while providing maximum comfort. The capsule has enough room to get up and move around during the flight. Plus there’s a fully stocked bar — with champagne for a toast at the edge of space — and a bathroom.
Passengers will spend two hours enjoying the quintessential astronaut experience of seeing the beauty of Planet Earth from space before a gentle descent and splashdown. The entire experience will be captured with both interior and exterior video and still photographs. Onboard WiFi will allow passengers to livestream their flight to friends and family.
“We are excited about this new preferred relationship with Space Perspective, and this is just the tip of the iceberg for our advisors,” said Licea. “We will create pre- and post-spaceflight experiences for them as well to offer clients as a complement to their one-of-a-kind journey. Our priority, however, is to ensure our advisors have access to the latest training on space travel-related products and services to keep them ahead of the curve.”
For environmentally-conscious travelers, Spaceship Neptune is the first carbon-neutral way into space. By working with the nonprofit Cool Effect, Space Perspective offset its 2021 carbon emissions. In addition, the zero-emissions spaceship capsule is reused many times. At the end of the flight, the SpaceBalloon is retrieved and recycled. The company also carefully chooses vendors and partners like Global Travel Collection who continually strive to be sustainable.