I remember when SpaceShipOne won the Ansari X Prize back on October 4, 2004. Some of my team mates and I were very excited, and it seemed like space tourism was just around the corner. When Richard Branson picked up there, and started Virgin Galactic, finally there was some strong backing to the concept.
And here we are, in 2013, still waiting for Virgin Galactic to beginning commercial space flights. But they are making progress! Below is a short interview with Sir Richard Branson on SpaceShipTwo's first powered test flight. Once it can be demonstrated that commercial spaceflight is capable, and profitable, other companies should follow suit and, hopefully, start making rapid progress.
One can hope, anyways.