The International Tourism Trade Fair, Fitur 2013, was held from 30th January to 3rd February 2013 in IFEMA Madrid, in collaboration with the Hotel Technology Institute (ITH). It gave the opportunity to JoseMariano Lopez-Urdiales, founder and CEO of Zero 2 Infinity, to present the newest ideas in future tourism. Under the heading The Next Travel Generation, Ana Bru owner of BRU&BRU, together with Jose Mariano Lopez-Urdiales analyzed new travellers’ needs and the latest developments in the Space tourism industry. Directly following their talk, Spanish astronaut Pedro Duque talked about the European Space Agency (ESA) human spaceflight programs.
Jose Mariano presented his company and its project Bloon that offers flights to the stratosphere. Bloon is a Near Space ship that will carry tourists through our atmosphere, thanks to a helium balloon. A 2-hour luxury trip that will allow travellers to enjoy the beauty and fragility of the Earth. Bloon is a clean and safe way to travel and will take passengers up to an altitude of 36 km, where the curvature of the Earth and the blackness of Space are clearly visible, and where you can see the stars and the Sun shining at the same time. Certainly, a wonderful and unique experience. In the session of the conference called FiturTech, Zero 2 Infinity’s CEO explained that the project is in its last phase: the first commercial flight will be in 2015 and tickets have already been sold at a cost of 110,000€ each. Test flights where launched from the airport of La Virgen del Camino in León (Spain), although the team at Zero 2 Infinity is analyzing other possible operating bases in Spain, like Andalucía and Castilla-La Mancha, among others.