Renowned astronaut to address Dubai event

DUBAI - Brian Binnie, test pilot of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipOne, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the Fifth Annual ORION Congress to be held at Atlantis in The Palm, Dubai on October 11, 2008.

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Published: Thu 14 Aug 2008, 1:23 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:03 PM

Binnie was one of the pilots who took the SpaceShipOne into space and back three times in a two-week period, which won Virgin Galactic the Ansari X-prize on October 4, 2004.

Showcasing Binnie's space experience is in keeping with the theme of the Congress, titled "What's Next? Innovation in the tourism and hospitality industry".

Interactive panel discussions, with audience participation in question and answer sessions, will complement the speeches delivered at the one-day Congress.

"We are delighted that Brian Binnie has confirmed his participation.

“His presentation is a perfect fit with the Congress theme, which will explore what new ideas are shaping, informing, changing and driving the 2020 agenda for tourism," said Adam Sargeant, Regional Manager, ORION Hotel Schools.

The event is open to all tourism professionals ($390 per person) and students ($200 per full-time student).

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