Space tourism-past to future : a perspective article

Erik Cohen (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel)
Samuel Spector (University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)

Tourism Review

ISSN: 1660-5373

Publication date: 12 December 2019



This paper aims to briefly review the history and future expectations for space tourism.


Historical review.


After a series of successes in space travel, culminating by the Apollo 11 Moon landings in 1969, governmental efforts at space travel stalled. In the early twenty-first century, private entrepreneurs inspired new life into space travel and tourism, offering commercial suborbital trips, but none have as yet actually taken place. However, despite impediments, a significant expansion of space travel and tourism is expected to occur in the course of the twenty-first century.


The paper offers a synoptic view of past and projected future developments in space travel and tourism.



Cohen, E. and Spector, S. (2019), "Space tourism-past to future : a perspective article", Tourism Review, Vol. 75 No. 1, pp. 136-139.

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