Pampanga Hot Air Balloon Exhibition

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More than two dozen hot air balloons from all over the world converged at Clark Freeport Zone for this weekend’s annual exhibition.

United Parcel Service (UPS) brought the participants to the Philippines by plane but not how we’d expect hot air balloons to get from point A to point B.

“UPS has been the official logistics services provider of the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta since 2002. The balloons are fragile and come in many shapes and sizes and from all over the world. This event allows us to demonstrate the strength and breadth of the global UPS network, as well as our adaptability and versatility when transporting them,” UPS Philippines managing director Tim Gohoc said in a statement.

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Now on its 18th year, the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta gathers 28 participating balloons from the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Malaysia.

“We have been providing logistics services to the participants of this event for over a decade, and this showcases the efficiency and reliability of our services,” Gohoc said.

The US-based cargo forwarder, which has a hub at the Clark International Airport, said its participation in one of Pampanga’s annual tourism events shows the company’s support for the local tourism sector.

“The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is an opportunity to highlight what Pampanga has to offer. There has been much attention given to the economic growth prospects of the Philippines and Central Luzon, and, the Fiesta is a significant contributor to the aviation and tourism sectors,” said Gohoc.

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The Aquino administration recently hiked its target to 44 million arrivals by the end of its term in 2016, after 37 million visited the Philippines last year.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) had said tourism and three other sectorsrequire $3 billion in investments to create jobs.

The hot air balloon exhibition runs from February 21-24. The event also features aero-modeling, kite flying, aircraft precision competition, paragliding, skydiving and rescue demonstrations.

*Photo credits to Myrns Roman

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