Space Perspective, the world’s first luxury spaceflight experience, announced that travel industry veteran Edyta Teper has joined the company as head of global sales – trade partnerships.
In this role, Teper will be responsible for overseeing global sales for travel trade partnerships. She will lead sales efforts and collaborate with the marketing team in new business development. Teper will report to Sandy Heydt, chief marketing officer.
“We are thrilled to have Edyta join Space Perspective at an incredibly exciting time,” said Heydt. “Edyta’s diverse background, leadership qualities and track record of creating and nurturing profitable relationships with the travel advisor community will be an incredible asset.”
Space Perspective is inviting more people than has historically been possible to experience a thrillingly new and visceral perspective that expands the human consciousness: the incredibly exhilarating panoramas and scale of Earth in space. As soon as late 2024, Space Explorers will be escorted to the edge of space inside Spaceship Neptune, a pressurized capsule propelled by a high-performance spaceballoon that doesn’t use rocket fuel and offers unparalleled 360 degree views of the world through panoramic windows. The ultra-comfortable, accessible and gentle six-hour journey radically redefines space tourism.
Based out of Kennedy Space Center, Space Perspective is led by industry luminaries Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, along with their expert crew who have been responsible for most human space balloon flights in the last 50 years. Poynter and MacCallum have been dubbed “Masters of the Stratosphere” by Bloomberg Businessweek, and MacCallum has served as chairman of the commercial Spaceflight Federation.
“Edyta’s tremendous passion for the Space Perspective brand, strong sales background and extensive knowledge of the luxury global travel industry market makes her an instrumental member of our team as we experience tremendous growth and demand in space tourism,” said Poynter, in a press statement.
Teper joins Space Perspective with 25 years of travel industry experience, an international background, and exceptional sales and leadership abilities. She began her career with Jetset Tours which brought her to Los Angeles from Melbourne, Australia, followed by various senior sales and marketing positions at Carnival Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, and Virtuoso. Most recently, Teper was part of the Virgin Voyages start-up team serving as director of sales-US & Canada East, and associate v.p. of strategic sales, Americas. In these roles, she hired, trained, and mentored a new-to-the industry sales team and leveraged her longstanding relationships to establish and solidify Consortia and National Account partnerships.
“I’m humbled and excited to be in the forefront of space tourism alongside this innovative and extraordinary team,” said Teper. “I am looking forward to working with travel partners and explorers who have dreams of traveling to the ‘final frontier,’ and I am confident that we will make their dreams come true with the most transformative and curated experience of a lifetime.”
While Space Perspective’s first flight will depart from Florida, the company is planning additional launch sites around the world. Space Perspective is now taking reservations, with refundable deposits, on its Spaceship Neptune for flights priced at $125,000 pp. Commissionable and net rates are offered.
“Supporting the travel advisor community has always been at the heart of my professional career, and along with the Space Perspective Experience team I am excited to continue growing and nurturing these relationships,” said Teper.