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Hotel Bookings … in Space! Hotels.com Sets its Sights for the Stars

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Key takeaways:

• Hotels.com wants to be the first online travel site to offer hotel bookings in space.

• The company sees a future of hospitality ahead “that even Neil Armstrong couldn’t have dreamed up.”

• Those who book early can receive a gift card for a future hotel stay here on Earth.

This week, Hotels.com announced that it wants to be the first online travel site to offer future hotel bookings in space. Customers can visit the company’s new booking page — www.onesmallstepforhotels.com — where they may be eventually able to make vacation plans for space and book reservations, when the hotels eventually exist.

According to Hotels.com, the call for space properties is only the start of what the new site offers. “We’re calling all interstellar travel daydreamers who’ve ever wondered what the entire #HotelLife experience may look like when it takes a a zero-gravity turn, from check-in to the stay itself, all at a hotel in space,” it says. “The site design renderings include space-suit hotel robes with moon-boot slippers, artificial intelligent concierges, a meteor mini-bar, robot bellhops, an epic room service spread that even Neil Armstrong couldn’t have dreamed up and more.”

“This announcement is our hope to encourage and move forward the concept of space tourism, while revving up excitement for that aspect for the travel industry that is sure to come sometime in the near future.”

For now, Hotels.com plans to reward travelers who are ready to escape to the stars despite the fact that they will have to continue living on Earth. “If you can prove you have one of the eight planets in your legal first, middle or last name [lookin’ at you, Venus Williams!], you can be among 20 galactic travelers to receive a $250 Hotels.com gift card to be used toward a future hotel stay,” the company says, noting that for now, the gift cards apply to properties on Earth.

According to Vice President of Global Brand Josh Belkin, the conditions of 2020 inspired Hotels.com to extend its offering to outer space. “This announcement is our hope to encourage and move forward the concept of space tourism, while revving up excitement for that aspect for the travel industry that is sure to come sometime in the near future,” he stated.

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