Spaceport takes another step

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Posted: Jul 7, 2014 7:18 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Jul 7, 2014 7:18 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Spaceport America, Hotel Encantado de Las Cruces, New Mexico, Virgin Galactic

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO- Being a space tourist is a step closer to reality with the naming of a preferred hotel for the elite roster of passengers of Virgin Galactic.

It's chosen Hotel Encantado de Las Cruces as the place space tourists will stay as they fork out $200,000 for a ride into space.

The flights will take off from Spaceport America about 60 miles north of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The hotel says its added some high-end suites and services to accommodate the high-rolling space travelers.

The upgrades should boost the hotel from a three-star to a four-star property under the AAA rating system.

The top ranking is five-stars but New Mexico doesn't have any hotels that fit the bill.

A lack of lodging has been an issue for Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson who even talked about building his own hotel at the spaceport.

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