The 26th National Space Symposium at The Broadmoor starts today, and the idea of space tourism is drawing added attnetion to the weeklong summit that’s expected to host 9,000 space professionals from around the world.

This year’s symposium is taking on a new importance as the industry mulls signals from the White House that space tourism is due for an expansion. Next year’s proposed budget by President Barack Obama increases the role of commercial space exploration.

Obama’s proposal puts the Constellation program – which aims to return humans to the moon and beyond – on the chopping block.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will discuss the vision for civil space on Tuesday.