Space Coast’s tourism agency capitalizing on popularity of viewing rocket launches

Published on : Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Space tourismThe Space Coast’s tourism agency is aiming to capitalize on the new popularity of viewing rocket launches, which was seen at this month’s launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy from Kennedy Space Center.

 
More than 100,000 people came to Brevard County to get a glimpse of that launch, filling local hotels and restaurants.

 
This month, the Space Coast Office of Tourism introduced its Launch Console phone app that is available for free in Apple’s App Store. A version for Android phone users would also be available in early March via Google Play.

 
The app’s features include a launch schedule, mission details, information on each rocket type, a compass to locate the direction from which each launch will occur and live video streaming.

 
According to Tiffany Minton, the marketing director for the Office of Tourism, the app will have an upgrade later, which will feature the best places to watch a launch.

 
The Space Coast tourism has seen strong growth in the recent months. Revenue from the tax went up 20 percent during the last three months of 2017.

 
Other local tourism indicators have also been strong, including the average daily rate for a hotel room, the average percentage of rooms occupied and the revenue per available room.
The app has been under development for about nine months, according to Office of Tourism executive director Eric Garvey.

 
Around 35 SpaceX and United Launch Alliance rocket launches are expected this year from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center.

 
Space tourism is the next big thing now and Space Coast Office of Tourism deputy director Bonnie King said that space tourism will become even more intense next year, tied to events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969 — the first to land astronauts on the moon.


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