I'd never heard of astrotourism
until Dark Skies (Lonely Planet, $19.99, 9781788686198, eBook available) crossed my desk.
With its strict laws on light pollution, La Palma is also a hotspot for astrotourism
and was declared the world's first Starlight Reserve in 2012.
According to Dacanay, a consultant at the Department of Tourism, there is a growing interest in stargazing tours and this is now a global trend called 'astrotourism
She said: "Astrotourism
has already resulted in increased visits to Snowdonia outside the normal tourism season."
Whether it is the gazing of stars, northern lights or shooting stars, the astrotourism, as this type of tourism is called, tempts hundreds of thousands of people to travel for this purpose to different parts of the world every year.
In Azerbaijan, the astrotourism has not yet gained a wide scale, but experts believe there are necessary conditions for development of this branch of tourism in the country.
And like other businesses in Northumberland National Park, he is making the most of the area's International Dark Sky designation and growing astrotourism
He recently hosted a stargazing weekend as part of the Starmakers initiative, resulting in 150 overnight stays.
Jim Collins of Swansea Astronomical Society said that although Brecon Beacons National Park being granted International Dark Sky Reserve status would certainly drive astrotourism
, the difficulty for urban astronomers like him and his members was the problem of city lighting.
Parks with night sky interpretive programs also provide an economic benefit to local gateway communities by attracting "astrotourism
" (National Park Service, 2012).
I feel I need to respond to Robert Naeye's editorial in the July 2011 issue ("Neptune, Droid App, and Astrotourism
," page 6).
It seeks to show how this metamorphosis is being facilitated by creative tourism entrepreneurship, and speculates on what the impact of niche tourism, and specifically 'astrotourism
', might be for the local inhabitants.