Virgin Galactic Chairman Cashes Out Entire Personal Stake in Space Tourism Company

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The chairman of space tourism company Virgin Galactic, Chamath Palihapitiya, has sold his entire personal stake in the company for $211 million, according to a new regulatory filing with the SEC made public on Friday and first noticed by Bloomberg News.

E3 2021's in-person event has been canceled, according to city tourism board


Resetera user Rösti discovered a special meeting schedule for the Board of Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development on the city's official website.


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Virgin Galactic offers a peek inside SpaceShipTwo in VR, making its case in the space tourism race


This comes amid a rivalry with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture and fellow billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX for shares of a space tourism market that’s expected to grow to $3 billion annually by 2030.

SpaceX Starship Ticket Holder Teases 'Big Update' for March 2

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Amazon jumps into virtual tourism, offering live one-on-one experiences around the world


At left, Hongying Tang of HQ Tourism Services points to the Saint Lawrence River during a virtual tour of Quebec City as part of the Amazon Explore beta. This is the evolution of tourism, at least in Amazon’s world.

Japanese Billionaire Who Bought Tickets on SpaceX's Starship Announces 8 Seats Are Up for Grabs

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The potential beyond the threshold of space tourism: hypersonic travel, solar system colonization and more

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I was just interviewed on ABC TV about the news that Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is going public through a merger with Social Capital Hedosophia, to be the first publicly listed space tourism company. Branson does not seem to be quite as grandiose in his aims but is clearly looking beyond the space tourism business.

The future of travel and tourism: safe adventures, real-time guidance, and new frontiers

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Last week, as part of the ongoing weekly future series on the Morning Show, I spoke about the future of travel and tourism. A massive rise in sustainable tourism , with low impact hotels and activities and the opportunity to observe rare species. Medical tourism continuing to grow, supported by ageing populations and soaring costs of medical attention in developed countries.

Virgin Galactic Aborts New Mexico Launch Because of Rocket Motor Issues

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Nearly two years after its last flight, Virgin Galactic—the space tourism venture founded by Richard Branson, another billionaire who loves space—aborted the scheduled test launch of its SpaceShipTwo commercial aircraft into suborbital space today because of an issue with its rocket motor.

Unlike Airbnb, Vrbo Reportedly Won't Cancel D.C. Bookings During Inauguration Week

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sharing economy travel expedia group economic systems tourism vrbo hospitality services airbnbAirbnb smartly decided earlier this week to cancel all D.C.

Axiom Space Now Has a Crew for the First Commercial Mission to the ISS

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Defeat of Bathroom Bill Saved $7.4 Billion Tourism Economy, Says VisitDallas CEO


Jones predicted that if the bathroom bill had passed, it would have crippled the Texas tourism economy. Billion Tourism Economy, Says VisitDallas CEO appeared first on Smart Meetings. More than 26.7 million people visited Dallas in 2016, adding an estimated $7.4 billion to the city’s economy. Event professionals bring their groups for the world-class restaurants, museums and super-sized facilities. Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center alone offers more than 1 million sq. of space.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceship aces uncrewed rehearsal for crewed flight to space


Space Blue Origin New Shepard space tourismBlue Origin’s New Shepard spaceship ascends from its West Texas launch pad. Blue Origin via YouTube).

Tech tycoon buys SpaceX flight to orbit, sets aside seats for sweepstakes winner (and a fellow techie)


” Tech commercial space Crew Dragon Elon Musk Inspiration4 Jared Isaacman Shift4 Payments space tourism SpaceX st. Shift4 Payments CEO Jared Isaacman will command an all-civilian space mission to orbit. SpaceX Photo).

Russian space officials say Space Adventures has struck a deal to let a customer do a spacewalk


Space International space station Russia Space Adventures space tourism SpacewalkNASA astronaut Mike Fincke conducts a spacewalk in a Russian spacesuit during his stint on the International Space Station in 2004. NASA Photo). Russian space officials say that they’ve signed off on a commercial deal with Virginia-based Space Adventures to fly two customers to the International Space Station in 2023 — and that one of the customers will get to do a spacewalk.

OceanGate gets set for dives to Titanic while overcoming the complications of COVID-19


” Science History OceanGate Submarines Submersibles Titan sub Titanic tourismOceanGate’s Titan submersible is getting an extreme makeover for Titanic trips. OceanGate Photo). Everett, Wash.-based

Space Perspective reboots vision of flying passengers to stratosphere on a balloon


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Former Spaceflight CEO and French entrepreneur join forces to launch astronaut training startup


” Space commercial space hospitality hotels Jason Andrews Nicolas Gaume Orbite Sophie Stabile space tourismOrbite’s management team includes co-founder Nicolas Gaume, chief financial officer Sophie Stabile and co-founder Jason Andrews. Orbite Photo). If the 2010s were the decade when small satellites revolutionized the space industry , the 2020s will be when commercial space odysseys finally go mainstream.

Greece Will Open to International Tourists but Ban Travelers From Covid-19 Hotspots Like U.S.


coronavirus covid 19 greece tourism donald trump president trumpThe Greek government announced today that it will open up to international tourists from 29 different countries on June 15, according to the English-language Greek news outlet Ekathimerini. People from countries with high infection rates for the coronavirus, including the U.S., UK, Sweden, Spain, and Brazil, will not… Read more.

Tourists Will Soon Be Able to Visit the Titanic Wreck for $125,000

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The pandemic has hit the tourism industry especially hard over the past year, but starting in May of 2021, those itching to travel again—at least straight down—will have the opportunity to visit the most infamous shipwreck of all time.

Here's What New Zealand Did Today After Two Months of Coronavirus Lockdown


coronavirus covid 19 jacinda ardern new zealand georgia donald trump president trump travel international travel health pandemics government tourismThe government of New Zealand lifted most of the country’s strict lockdown measures today after almost two months. What did New Zealanders do? They went to stores, they got tattoos, they met up with friends (in groups of no more than ten), and they got haircuts. Lots of haircuts. Read more.

ERP: How Does This Software Benefit the Travel Industry?

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ERP automates various business operations, making it a valuable resource in the travel and tourism sector. This software streamlines day-to-day processes, such as payroll, lead generation, reporting and human resources management, and provides travel agents, hoteliers and tour operators with the resources they need to manage their businesses. Here are some of the benefits

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San Diego Comic-Con, E3, and Anime Expo cancel geek gatherings for the second year in a row

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E3 typically draws upwards of 60,000 attendees while Anime Expo can attract over 100,000, so they’re big losses for tourism that the city will be discussing later this week. San Diego Comic-Con has just announced this year’s show will not go on, at least not in person.

This 3D virtual tour lets you explore historical Egyptian sites – Future Blink

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Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is offering free virtual tours of Egyptian sites for those stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more. More about Mashable Video , Egypt , Virtual Reality , Historical , and 3d Modelling. Mashable Video Egypt Virtual Reality Historical 3d Modelling

Virtually Visit the International Space Station


Though we’re not quite there when it comes to space tourism, we can at least get a glimpse of… Read more. After several months of social distancing and staying home, a lot of people are experiencing major wanderlust. And given that we’re still involved in a global pandemic, taking a break from Earth may seem especially tempting. virtual travel space nasa

Airbnb launches ‘City Portal’ in Seattle and beyond to help cities gain insight into listings, enforce laws


The company has launched City Portal as a resource for governments and tourism organizations, it said Wednesday. Tourism partners can also gain more insight into where guests are coming from. (Airbnb Image).

GeekWire Podcast: Startup CEOs optimistic despite pandemic; Amazon moves into virtual travel


Amazon’s latest offering is virtual tourism through its new Amazon Explore service. Here’s what we’re talking about on the GeekWire Podcast this week: The results are in from the first-ever GeekWire 200 CEO Insights survey and they may surprise you.

Staying Ahead of Cyber Attacks


occurred within the business sector (retail services, hospitality, tourism, professional, trade, transportation, etc.). Picking up a newspaper and turning on the TV, one is instantly confronted with news of yet another cyber hack. With cyber attacks headlining the news, millions of people are concerned with whether their personal information has been breached. These attacks are becoming more and more sophisticated and targeted, and are affecting both government and commercial sectors.

Seattle’s MoPOP to reopen after 6-month pandemic closure, with strict guidelines in place


“Even with reopening on the horizon, we still have to contend with diminished capacity, a sharp decline in tourism, and the lasting effects of the global economic downturn.” The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser).

Expedia’s 2020 revenue sinks 57% as pandemic continues to roil travel industry


travel spending dropped 42% in 2020 to $679 billion, according to Tourism Economics. 2020 was not pretty for Expedia Group’s business. The pandemic hit the Seattle travel giant hard last year with travel restrictions placed across the globe. Revenue dropped 57% to $5.2

The future of urban air: innovations shaping air quality, smells, senses, and social divides

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The map highlights issues such as the prevalence of ‘smog refugees’, who leave cities in search of clean air, and fresh air tourism, where hotels and stores aimed at the luxury market promote a clean air experience.

This Seattle startup shifted to a 4-day work week due to the pandemic — here’s what happened


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden in May suggested companies could shift to the 4-day work week to boost the domestic tourism industry. Volt CEO Dan Giuliani. Volt Photo). The pandemic is changing the way we think about work — not only where, but on what days.

New framework: 2013 and beyond – What will appear and disappear in our lives

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Space tourism. As a futurist, the end of the year means it is once again time to release a structured look at the future. As every year, at Future Exploration Network we are using a substantially different format from our most other annual frameworks, 12 Themes for 2012 and Zeitgeist 2011. This year we are focusing on what will appear and disappear in our everyday lives next year and beyond.

Virgin Orbit set to try and send satellites to space for the first time

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Virgin Orbit — the sister company of billionaire Richard Branson’s space tourism outfit Virgin Galactic — will try a second test of its small satellite-launching rocket later today, months after it failed to reach orbit during a first attempt.

The pandemic stopped Angela Shen’s Seattle food tours — and tech powers her pivot to delivery


It’s tough to run a business dependent on tourism when there are no tourists, and when the places you would show off to the tourists are closed by a global health crisis. Angela Shen pivoted her food tour business Savor Seattle into a delivery business. Photo courtesy of Angela Shen).

Adaptability and entrepreneurial spirit will rebuild employment after over 100 million jobs are lost

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Companies industries such as travel, tourism, hospitality, and events cannot resume business until social distancing measures are eased, with highly uncertain timelines on these. The chart below of weekly initial US unemployment claims puts into context the scope and scale of the economic and employment impact of the pandemic.

Honda’s new Legend sedan will drive itself on busy highways in 2021

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In a press release , Honda says it has received approval from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to mass-produce Level 3 vehicles. Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge.

Live blogging the MegaTrends conference

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The conference was opened by His Excellency Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, a member of the Al Nahyan Abu Dhabi royal family, and chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and several other government bodies. He said that they have recently re-examined their forecasts, and still predict 15% growth in tourism each year over the next years. I’m at the MegaTrends conference in Abu Dhabi where I will be giving my keynote this afternoon. I’ll be live blogging the morning sessions.

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Sept. 27, 2020


Amazon jumps into virtual tourism, offering live one-on-one experiences around the world. Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Sept. 27, 2020.

Convoy hires former Expedia CEO as president and COO as digital freight startup tops 1k employees


Mark Okerstrom is shifting from travel and tourism to trucking, looking to apply his digital commerce expertise to a new marketplace. Mark Okerstrom, the former Expedia Group CEO, will become Seattle startup Convoy’s president and COO. Convoy Photo).

Interactive 3D Tour – the effect of full presence!


Tourism. Modern technology does not stand still, constantly evolving. It brings convenience and comfort to many spheres of human activity. Active introduction of 3D technologies into commercial sphere can allow achieving great success. This greatly facilitates the work in many sectors, and allows them to go to the next level. One of the unique, effective and efficient tools is interactive 3D tours.

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Economic structural change is NOT industry compositional change

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The mindset was to consider the changes in relative sizes of industries in the economy, such as manufacturing getting smaller and tourism becoming larger. I am currently preparing a number of keynotes for senior business audiences over coming weeks. In preliminary conversations with one group I encountered a very common and deeply misleading view of how business is changing today.

[Guide] 2018 State of the Airline Industry

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In 2015, the world’s airlines carried more than three billion passengers, and today aviation and related tourism supports more than 60 million jobs worldwide. The airline industry is scrutinized by passengers and analysts alike, mostly for two reasons. One, many people take one or more flights a year and have personal experiences that leave lasting impressions. Two, the industry’s economic impact is unprecedented.