The coronavirus pandemic has hit businesses hard, in particular tourist destinations and accommodation providers. So we want to share some ideas about how Astro-tourism could be of significant help to your business at this time of great uncertainty.
What is Astro-tourism, and how can it benefit your business?
Astro-tourism is the name given to the growing public interest in astronomy and the increased eagerness for people to travel to ideal stargazing destinations. If your property is located away from the worst of light pollution where the skies are dark, and you are not already taking advantage of Astro-tourism, then you are missing out!
Perhaps the biggest opportunity lies in the fact that the stargazing season starts when the traditional holiday season ends, thus increasing occupancy rates outside normal times. The nighttime skies are a big draw in themselves, and accommodation providers need only take some simple steps to accommodate stargazers, for example, making their property dark sky friendly and offering some simple and inexpensive equipment such as binoculars and star charts. However, if you’re looking to benefit significantly, you might need some assistance!
Who is Go Stargazing, and how can we help?
Go Stargazing is formed of diverse people ranging from experienced astronomers to award-winning astrophotographers, academics, and instrument specialists. We all share a keen enthusiasm to encourage the public to escape the bright lights of our towns and cities and experience dark, starry skies.
Together we run stargazing events in collaboration with various venues across the North of England but have contacts the country’s length and breadth. In addition, we keenly promote grassroots astronomy organisations such as astronomical societies and astronomy clubs and support organisers and venues across the whole of the UK promoting their events and locations on our website, through our mailing list and via our social media channels.
Go Stargazing can help you set up, market and maintain your establishment as a stargazing destination. If your location benefits from dark skies, we would love to feature your property on our Stay and Gaze map of stargazing friendly accommodation providers for free! In addition to an amazing technology platform, we have the expertise, experience and enthusiasm to help you and your business make the most of Astro-tourism!
Interested in finding out more?
We’ve said a lot about ourselves; now we’d love to hear from you! Please contact us and we’ll be very happy to help. If you are an accommodation provider and would like to add your location to our stay and gaze database of stargazing friendly places to stay, please register here.
Thank you so much for being so interested. We wish you good health and every success in the future. Clear skies!