Albuquerque • Virgin Galactic appears to be getting closer to reaching its long-delayed goal of launching tourists into space.
The company said Monday it has selected Hotel Encantado de Las Cruces as the preferred hotel for its elite roster of passengers, who will pay $200,000 a person to make the flights from Spaceport America.
The hotel says it will add some high-end suites and services to accommodate the space travelers. It also is working on upgrades that should boost it from a three to a Four Diamond property under the AAA rating system. New Mexico has no Five Diamond hotels, the top ranking.