On 26, 27 and 28 September, coinciding with the autumnal equinox, the headquarters of Les Roches in Spain and Switzerland will become the epicenter of the most avant-garde tourism. Future, space and the underwater universe will meet and mingle at the Space & Underwater Tourism Universal Summit (SUTUS), the world’s foremost space and underwater tourism event – and indeed the only one of its kind.
The fourth edition of the meeting, organized by Les Roches – a school specializing in hotel training and luxury tourism – and Medina Media Events, will welcome more than 50 speakers from Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Oceania.
Under the title “Beyond Borders”, SUTUS by Les Roches will explore new territories for moving towards emerging business models in luxury tourism. An opportunity for a constantly growing sector capable of mobilizing millions of travelers, renewing companies from within and boosting the innovative efforts of agents and companies involved.
A 2019 report by Swiss financial service company UBS estimates that commercial flights to outer space could become a $23 billion industry by 2030. This upwards tendency also applies to the underwater field that has experienced significant growth in recent decades due to the search for transformative, unforgettable journeys. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), tourism currently accounts for 40% of the blue economy, the largest share in export value terms.
“There has been the possibility of journeying to the International Space Station as an individual tourist since 2001. While space and underwater tourism were already a reality in 2019 when SUTUS was born, there was no discussion forum anywhere in the world designed to address these issues in a profound way”, said Carlos Díez de la Lastra, CEO of Les Roches.