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Although not yet a reality, space hotels will become another product offered by the tourism and hospitality industry in the future. It is therefore appropriate to start exploring this fast growing phenomenon and ascertain if the most likely employees will be people formally trained in the tourism and/or hospitality fields. The aim of this study is to identify the motivations (if any) of current tourism and hospitality (T & H) students willingness to work in a space hotel based on motivational research conducted by Kim, Guo, Wang and Agrusa (2007). The findings suggest that many students would be willing to work in a space hotel based on current expectations and industry attractiveness, job opportunities, salary and sense of adventure. However, the participants were less likely to work in a space hotel if they were married, had children and if space hotel employment would negatively impact on their personal health.

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WORKING IN A SPACE HOTEL. IDYLLIC FANTASY OR A NON-REALITY?

Although not yet a reality, space hotels will become another product offered by the tourism and hospitality industry in the future. It is therefore appropriate to start exploring this fast growing phenomenon and ascertain if the most likely employees will be people formally trained in the tourism and/or hospitality fields. The aim of this study is to identify the motivations (if any) of current tourism and hospitality (T & H) students willingness to work in a space hotel based on motivational research conducted by Kim, Guo, Wang and Agrusa (2007). The findings suggest that many students would be willing to work in a space hotel based on current expectations and industry attractiveness, job opportunities, salary and sense of adventure. However, the participants were less likely to work in a space hotel if they were married, had children and if space hotel employment would negatively impact on their personal health.