Spaceport Sweden won the Innovator of the Year Award at the Grand Travel Awards, the Oscars of the travel industry, which took place at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden on Thursday evening. The Travel Awards is organised by Travel News, the leading trade magazine, and was held for the 22nd year in a row, seeing some 600 guests attending the ceremony last night.
The motivation by the jury:
Spaceport Sweden is together with the tourism industry positioning Kiruna as a world-leading destination for space tourism. A complete space destination is being developed with adventures both on the ground and in the air with unique high quality tourism products. Exclusive northern light flights in the winter have been followed the offering of zero-g flights where Spaceport Sweden has become a reseller.
-“We are very happy and proud to have received this award. Spaceport Sweden is a pioneering effort to establish space tourism as a new industry, not only offering spaceflights but developing a complete space destination, offering adventures also on the ground and in the air”, says Karin Nilsdotter, CEO Spaceport Sweden,
“To be recognized by this award represents both an acknowledgment of the work we do and support going forward, where increased competition, new audiences and markets will require new innovative ideas, persistence and courage to take a world leading position”, Karin continues.
Other nominees in the category Innovator of the Year were Gothia Towers / Upper House and Viking Grace .
Previously, Spaceport Sweden praised for its pioneering and innovative work and has won the Innovation of the Year at the TRIP AWARDS 2012 and also Innovation of the Year at the Swedish Lapland Academy 2012, for the launch of the Northern Light Flights.
Spaceport Sweden is a pioneering initiative to establish commercial human spaceflight for tourism and research in Sweden and become Europe’s gateway to space and a hub for cross-industry innovation. Located in Kiruna, Swedish Lapland, Europe’s premier space city since 1957, Spaceport Sweden offers unique world class space experiences through the northern lights and under the midnight sun further supplying launch infrastructure, R&D facilities and high-tech expertise to commercial space operators. http://youtu.be/fES_mAbdzro