By AKA Balloon on February 26, 2020
The Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, which had been scheduled for March 19th to March 22nd, 2020, has been postponed amid growing concerns of COVID-19 outbreak.
“This was a difficult decision for us to make, as the Fiesta is an annual event that is looked forward to by many. Like the years before this, we had hoped to welcome more than 200,000 visitors over the four-day event. However, after extensive and careful consideration, the current global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has made it impossible at this time to predict the scale of the outbreak during the dates of the event alongside the increasing uncertainty of cross-border movement of visitors, pilots and staff” said Puan Nur Izzati Khairudin, Chief Executive Officer of AKA Balloon Sdn Bhd, the main organizer of the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta since 2009.
Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta returns for its 11th year from 19 to 22 March at Monumen Alaf Baru, Putrajaya. Coinciding with Putrajaya’s Silver Jubilee celebration, the fiesta will host an astounding 25 normal and special-shaped hot air balloons from all over the world. Seven special-shaped balloons will be making their appearance at the Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2020, these include:-
In addition to participation from both local and international balloonists, hot air balloons from a total of 13 countries and area, including normal shaped balloons from Spain, Japan, Belgium, Thailand, South Korea, Italy, Taiwan, Vietnam and our beloved Malaysia, will be participating in this year’s Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.
As this year’s event is a special and meaningful celebration for Putrajaya, marking its 25th anniversary, YB Tuan Haji Khalid Abd Samad, Minister of Federal Territories is excited to share his experience, saying “This will be my second year being a part of this event. It is always a breathtaking sight, seeing these hot air balloons being inflated, complementing Putrajaya’s architecture and landscape. I’m looking forward to our 11th event and happy to be able to bring the fiesta to Putrajaya again”. Also present was Putrajaya Corporation’s President, Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim, AKA Balloon Sdn Bhd, Chief Operating Officer, Puan Nur Izzati Khairudin and MyBalloonFiesta Chairman, Tuan Haji Mohammad Sobri Saad.
This year’s main highlights include a Mass Ascension in the morning from 7am to 8am daily, Night Glow Show followed by a spectacular fireworks display which will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 8.45pm to 9.30pm. During the Night Glow Show, visitors will get a chance to witness hot air balloons appearing like huge lanterns, dancing in sync to the beat of music, giving audiences a completely different balloon experience compared to events during the day.
Entrance to the event is free of charge. For an intimate experience, visitors are encouraged to purchase Balloon Zone entrance tickets at https://www.myballoonfiesta.com/thetickets to obtain Launching Field and Night Glow Show access which allows visitors to be up-close and personal with the balloons. Aside from these activities, Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides are also available for purchase.
Committed to make this year’s Fiesta a success are our esteemed sponsors and partners, Boost (as Official E-Wallet Partner), Cyberview Resort & Hotel (Official Hotel), Doof The World Sdn Bhd (as Exclusive Partner), Rakita.my, HotFM, FlyFM, Dhia, Lunaria, Wakeke (as Media Partners), Love Food Festival, Knowhere Bangsar, WOMEN:girls, Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (as Event Partner, The Green Factory and MAO PLT (as Event Partners).
Coming on board as our official e-Wallet Partner, we’re happy to announce that over 50 food vendors will exclusively use Boost at Fiesta Village 2. Visitors can enjoy the cashless convenience without worrying on shortage of cash or the need to find nearby ATMs while enjoying cashback, freebies and rewards in every transaction by using Boost in the Fiesta Village.
For the adventurous, the opportunity to experience a free-flying hot air balloon ride during the Fiesta will be made available by MyBalloon Adventure. Tickets can be purchased beforehand at www.myballoonadventure.com/exclusive-putrajayaballoonfiesta2020-package/
Being fully aware of the current Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus) situation, the Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta organising team is closely monitoring daily updates and taking the necessary measures towards the cleanliness and hygiene of our facilities during the fiesta. Hand sanitizers will be provided at key points throughout the event area. We would also like to kindly remind festival-goers to be safe and aware of their surroundings whilst enjoying the activities.
In conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2020, the Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is working in line with Tourism Malaysia’s efforts to reinvigorate tourism in Malaysia by boosting domestic tourism. We hope our fiesta will bring a joyous and memorable experience to local and foreign visitors.
Date : 19 – 22 March 2020
Time : 7am – 9pm
Location : Monumen Alaf Baru, Precinct 2, Putrajaya
Entrance : Free
For more info on Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2020, log on to www.myballoonfiesta.com or visit our official social media pages Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (Facebook) and @myballoonfiesta / #myballoonfiesta (Instagram).
The Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2020 is jointly organised by AKA Balloon Sdn Bhd and Putrajaya Corporation. Supported by Ministry of Federal Territories.