Space Tourism: travel for all?
Overall this is a very strong piece of work. It uses a range of references and is a very informative piece of work. The paper also fits in very well with the strand, pride and prejudice, as the focus is very clearly about social class.
There is evidence of independent reading as there are several references used in the summary.
The study relates very closely with my own as a strong focus is placed on social class. Several references were even the same! The piece of work also relates the cruises; it could be said that cruises are solely for the elite; however, I disagree with this. Findings in my own study spoke of accessibility to different types of travel and found that cruises are not a lot more accessible than before. Ocean Village (Ocean village holidays, 2009) have promotional offers that help to encourage custom to their cruises. By having offers such as this it means that cruises are becoming more accessible to the lower classes. And that people can budget for cruises more easily than before.
A point that could have been made throughout the discussion is the benefits of all the different types of travel. For example a benefit of cruises is that they are often all inclusive; meaning that once on a cruise there are not a lot of additional expenses (Article base, 2008). The benefits of flying are that it is a lot quicker than previous types of travel, and the customer can choose the level of customer service that they want. They can chose low cost budget airlines such as Easy Jet or Ryan Air; or choose to fly first class with companies such as Virgin Atlantic.
A criticism that can be made about the paper however is that it could have been more analytical and criticised theories. Although this may have been in the seminar paper and not the summary.
In conclusion the paper manages to keep a lot of key points; it is concise and very easy for the reader to gain knowledge from the paper. The paper draws conclusions about Space travel, and answers the title of the paper well. Having written a paper on a similar topic it seems that it will be available for the higher classes first; but like air and water based travel it will become safer, more reliable and cheaper for the customers. That said, while I think the structure was good, I also think that it was a shame that the space travel section was rather limited. Although however on the other hand there isn't a huge amount of material available about space travel as it is very new.
Article Base (2008) Benefits of Travelling by cruise [Online] [Accessed 22nd April 2010] Available at < http://www.articlesbase.com/vacation-rentals-articles/benefits-of-traveling-by-cruise-552538.html
Ocean Village (2009) About Ocean Village holidays [Online] [Accessed 22nd April 2010] Available at < http://www.oceanvillageholidays.co.uk/content.aspx?id=2516>