The Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Festival takes place in March every year, in Putrajaya. The event has started since the year 2009. It is a home grown event initiated by AKA Balloon Sdn Bhd with the support of Putrajaya Corporation.
Since the event has started, it has been attracting attention of many people not only from Malaysia but from all over the world. For the past seven years, there has been exhibitions of many hot air balloon shows and other aviation sports to the public. Through this event, public can definitely gain more knowledge and experience in regards to this. Most importantly, it can be a very fun family outing as there are a number of unique and eye-catching air balloons for everyone to see. From the usual rainbow-colored hot air balloon to the cartoon ones, there will be something that will attract everyone.
To emphasize again, the Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Festival is very suitable for the whole family. Attending the event allows you to witness over 20 different balloons from countries like America, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland, Thailand, Spain, South Korea and many more. There will be five balloons which are tethered. The latest event took place from 11 to 13 March 2016 in Precint 2, Putrajaya. This event marked the festival’s seventh year anniversary. The event is not all about getting up on the balloons and fly up. Those who are not fancy about this idea can always try some other activities available during the event. For example, there are wall climbing, archery, paintball, car simulators, Segway and helicopter rides for you to try.
With such event or festival held in Putrajaya, it is not only promote the city but also the entire nation as a new tourist destination in Asia. The latest event featured many different designs of balloons such as Bobo and the Happy Lobster, all the way from Belgium, flown by Geert Van Wolvelaer. The yellow jacket Bee Balloon from Brazil, flown by Francisco Naccarato and Mister Z the Zebra piloted by Jonathan Wright from the America. Alan Brad from Canada flew the Alien Rocket balloon for the first time in Asia.
As the event becomes an annual event in Putrajaya, there are many new ideas being added to improve and spice up the festival. One of the latest upgraded features is the Launching Field Access and Night Glow Access. The capacity are doubled in order to allow visitors to get closer to all the balloons. On the other hand, there is also a dedicated area for yoga and Zumba session being offered to visitors while overviewing balloons flying over. This dedicated area is in the Pink Zone. Other than that, the MyBalloonClub has been moved to a better spot in the Blue Zone in order to provide visitors with the best view and seats. The presenting sponsor for the latest festival is the Tourism Ministry of the Republic of Indonesia. Therefore, many Indonesian elements can be seen especially from the Indonesian Cultural Village. For example, visitors will have the chance to experience some Indonesian cuisine, live entertainment and activities.
If you have never been to the Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Festival, do not miss the upcoming event. If you have been to one, you should know how happening the event can be.