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Exploring Motivations of Potential Space Tourists

Space Tourism

ISBN: 978-1-78973-496-6, eISBN: 978-1-78973-495-9

Publication date: 6 September 2019

Abstract

While there have been several quantitative studies about potential motivations for space tourism, there is a lack of qualitative research which explores these motivations in greater scope and depth. This chapter, based on the data gathered from face-to-face, telephone, and online interviews of potential space tourists, identifies nine likely motivations for space tourism, with hedonic examples such as thrill-seeking or risk-taking; eudaimonic examples such as challenge, curiosity, spirituality, and nostalgia; and extrinsic cases such as seeking distinction or a desire to motivate and assist others. Suggestions are made for marketing future space tourism experiences, as well as recommendations for succeeding research.

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Citation

Laing, J. and Frost, W. (2019), "Exploring Motivations of Potential Space Tourists", Space Tourism (Tourism Social Science Series, Vol. 25), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 141-161. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1571-504320190000025008

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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