For two days, Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th of September, Marbella will be home to the 1st Space & Underwater Tourism Universal Summit (SUTUS), the first event of this kind in the world, that breaks the natural barriers and aims to be an international reference for all future events in this area.
Newest trends of Tourism – Underwater and Space Tourism
This interesting summit will address different subjects on both fields, such as the reinvention of tourism in the 21st century, the newest and future trends about spacial and Martian tourism and the underwater cultural heritage as an option for the development of tourism. The speakers at this conference are very important figures on both fields, with Sam Scimemi, Director for International Space Station at NASA headquarters as speaker of honour; Bernard Foing, Head of the International Lunar Expedition Group; Nancy Vermeulen, private astronaut trainer; Eduardo Lurueña, the first Spanish civil astronaut elected by Buzz Aldrin and Ángel Jané, the first Spanish candidate to travel to Mars, to name but a few.
SUTUS wants to create synergies between aquatic and space tourism agencies and thrill-seekers, considering these fields of tourism are the future of the industry, in a world where the search of unique experiences off the beaten track is always a must.
Underwater tourism in Andalusia
Although it might seem like a distant future, both space and aquatic tourism are already here. There are hotels in Abu Dhabi and the Maldives that offer underwater rooms, a privilege reserved yet to a few, but with a promising future. Here, at the Costa del Sol, the underwater tourism expectations are high. Under the Mediterranean Sea waters, countless shipwrecks remain intact. It will not be long until touristic submarines will replace the traditional cruises.
In Andalusia, it is possible to practise a large number of underwater activities, such as diving, and snorkelling. The main areas are around Cabo de Gata, in Almeria; La Herradura in Granada; the cliffs of Maro, in Malaga; the Trafalgar Cape in Cadiz and around El Rompido, in Huelva. Both the Mediterranean sea and the Atlantic ocean are perfect for these activities. The temperature of its waters is pleasant and countless fish species, as well as old vessels and wrecked ships, can be seen under its waters. Over the next few weeks, we will talk about underwater activities in Andalusia – stay tuned for more information.
With regards to space tourism, it is already happening. Companies like Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and, shortly, Space X, are already working on sending tourists to space. Another milestone will be the Mars One project, that wants to establish a permanent settlement on Mars.
Although we cannot take you to Mars (yet) nor arrange an underwater stay, Meridional Events can, with great pleasure, arrange your MICE or Corporate event in Andalusia. Regardless of the topic, we have a wide variety of speakers and experts in different fields that will make your event a successful one. If you are planning to host a conference, meeting, team building activity (water-related, maybe?) or special interest group in Andalusia or the South of Spain (including Seville, Marbella, Malaga, Costa del Sol, to name but a few), get in touch with us and we will arrange everything for you.