The Inquisitr reported earlier in February that some UFO researchers believe that the recent dramatic global increase in reported UFO sightings could be due to a thriving "Earth safari" tourism industry of extraterrestrial origin. Earth's skies could be swarming with cloaked UFOs run by alien tour operators bringing curious alien tourists on guided tours of our planet, according to UFO theorists.
UFO hunters argue that the extraterrestrial tourism hypothesis appears to offer the most convincing explanation of the dramatic upsurge in recent decades of sightings of stealth UFOs that seem to have no hostile intentions towards Earth and its inhabitants.
According to UFO researchers, apparent care taken by alleged alien visitors to use cloaking technology to prevent their UFOs from being observed by humans could be due to alien tour operators wishing to allow their extraterrestrial clients to observe humans in their natural environment without disturbing them -- just as African safari tour operators arrange for their clients to see animals in the wild without disturbing them.
Hypothetical alien tour operators conducting alien clients on a guided safari tour of our planet would need to use advanced cloaking technology because, unlike wild animals, humans are more intelligent and more aware of their surroundings and thus could take action against UFOs in the skies full of curious gawking tourists.
But occasionally, according to UFO researchers, the cloaking mechanism fails and the UFO becomes visible to humans.
The theory that many stealth UFOs with silent propulsion systems could be alien spacecraft run by extraterrestrial tour operators gained traction recently when classified documents containing memos dating back to 1995 were released in 2012 by the U.K. Ministry of Defense. The documents revealed that military officials had considered the same theory long before UFO hunters proposed it.
The documents revealed military officials urging the authorities to investigate UFO phenomena out of suspicion that frequent sightings could be evidence of a thriving tourism industry of extraterrestrial origin targeting Earth as a choice destination for exoplanet tourism.
"If the sightings are of devices not of the earth then their purpose needs to be established as a matter of priority," an officer wrote in a memo.
"There has been no apparent hostile intent and other possibilities are: 1) Military reconnaissance; 2) Scientific; 3) Tourism," the memo added.
The documents revealed that despite efforts by governments to give the impression that they were not interested in UFO phenomena, officials are intensely curious about reported sightings from across the world and have hoped to capture a UFO for reverse-engineering research purposes.
"[Devices may exist] that do not use conventional reaction propulsion systems; they have a very wide range of speeds and are stealthy," a military official wrote. "I suggest we could use this technology, if it exists."
An outstanding example of the type of sightings that prompt speculation about alien tourism occurred recently in Cumming, Forsyth County in Georgia. In a testimony submitted to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) on March 15, 2016, a witness reported sighting at about 2:15 a.m. on November 4, 2013, a massive rectangle-shaped UFO -- about 300 feet long, 75 feet wide, and roughly the height of a three-story building -- sailing leisurely at an extremely low altitude over the city and blocking out stars.
Details of the altitude, speed, and size of the UFO suggested to enthusiasts that it was probably filled with alien tourists on a pleasure space voyage to view exotic planetary terrain.