'Starlight Tourism Destination' Earns World Travel Nomination

Space.com | 5/12/2018 | Staff
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Miguel Claro is a professional photographer, author and science communicator based in Lisbon, Portugal, who creates spectacular images of the night sky. As a European Southern Observatory photo ambassador, a member of The World At Night and the official astrophotographer of the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, he specializes in astronomical skyscapes that connect Earth and the night sky.

Portugal's Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, the world's first "starlight tourism destination," has been nominated for the World Travel Awards in the category Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction. The reserve is the only "astrotourism" nominee in the category.

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The World Travel Awards are known as the "Oscars of tourism" and recognize every sector of the tourism industry. Voting for the 2018 World Travel Awards ends before May 20.

Dark Sky Alqueva is a nongovernmental and nonprofit organization and a first-time nominee. The stargazing destination, which features some of the darkest and clearest skies on Earth thanks to a lack of light pollution, will compete against famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Colosseum in Rome, the Acropolis in Athens, the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona and London's Buckingham Palace.

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Even if you've never visited Dark Sky Alqueva, you can still take a virtual tour and see some of the celestial sights it has to offer in this video. You'll see stars, meteors, planets and the Milky Way light up the sky over historic buildings and serene landscapes. [Light Pollution Is a Big Problem, But You Can Help]

Dark Sky Alqueva was the first Starlight Tourism Destination in the world, receiving certification from Starlight Foundation in 2011. The reserve covers an area of 3,900 square miles (10,000 square kilometers) around Lake Alqueva. It includes both sides of the border between Portugal and Spain, making it the first cross-border Starlight Destination in the world, too....
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