Rich Chinese tourists have been boosting tourist industries around the world, but that will soon change. The first 300 Chinese space tourists have booked flights to space via Taobao, the biggest online retailer in China, according to media reports, including WSJ and Shanghai List.
“Chinese e-commerce giant, Taobao, take their platform to new extremes as they provide an exclusive broker service for Dutch Space Expedition Corp’s (SXC)”,” according to Shanghai List.
Astro-tourists will have to pass certain criteria and tests before blast off: “People in good health over 18 years old, less than 2 meters in height and 125 kilograms in weight can apply for the space tour programs. But only after passing a medical exam and training programs can the applicants fly into space,” reported Escn.cn.
“Chinese consumers have a high appetite for ‘challenging’ tourism activities,” said Deng Weixian, SXC Asia Pacific chief executive, in the WSJ report. He added that space will be the new destination for these Chinese travelers with adventurous appetites.