Posted at: 07/07/2014 11:10 AM
Updated at: 07/07/2014 11:25 AM
By: JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press
LAS CRUCES (AP) -Virgin Galactic appears to be getting closer to reaching its long-delayed goal of launching tourists into space.
The company on Monday said it has selected Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces as the preferred hotel for its elite roster of passengers, who will pay $200,000 a person to make the flights from Spaceport America. The hotel says it will add some high-end suites and services to accommodate the space travelers. It is also working on upgrades that should make it a four, rather than Three Diamond property under the AAA rating system. New Mexico doesn't have any Five Diamond hotels, the top ranking.
Spaceport is 60 miles north of Las Cruces, and the lack of luxury lodging has been an issue. Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson at one point said he might build his own hotel at spaceport, but that never came to fruition.
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