Singapore Airlines launches contest to promote new route

Filed under: Tourism — Posted by: Mark Smith on July 18, 2016

Singapore Airlines recently joined forces with Mediacorp to promote their new route Singapore-Canberra-Wellington.

The airline produced a (more…)

Texas city unveils new hot air balloon

Filed under: Tourism — Posted by: Barry on May 13, 2016

A new hot air balloon has been launched in Plano, Texas recently, to coincide with (more…)

Giant Jesus balloon ready for its maiden flight

Filed under: Tourism — Posted by: Barry on March 11, 2015

A hot air balloon that features an image of Jesus Christ will take its first flight this Easter in the skies of western New York.

The 80ft-tall balloon, which is called ‘Risen’, is made from (more…)

Tourism and farming work together for balloon rides in Australia

Filed under: Tourism — Posted by: Mark Smith on January 23, 2014

Hot Air Balloon Brisbane is uses local farms southwest of the Queensland city to launch flights enabling tourists to view the region from a birds-eye perspective, as well as see farmers benefiting financially in (more…)

Hot air balloons to take people to space by 2016

Filed under: Tourism — Posted by: Mark Smith on November 13, 2013

World View Enterprises has reported that it will soon be able to take people on hot air balloon rides to the edge of space.

Expected to become a reality in 2016, the flights would take passengers up to a height of 30km – or 18.6 miles – and each ticket (more…)

Businesses adapting to shortage of helium

Filed under: Tourism — Posted by: Barry on April 10, 2013

Businesses in the US have recently been affected by a helium shortage, according to a recent report by (more…)

U.S. artist to construct giant balloon sculpture in Edinburgh

Filed under: Tourism — Posted by: Mark Smith on March 27, 2013

An artist from America is set to construct a huge sculpture using balloons as part of the 2013 Edinburgh International Science Festival.

This week will see Jason Hackenwerth, a 43-year-old New York-based artist, putting together a sculpture called ‘Pisces’. Expected to be around 43 feet high, Pisces will dominate the National Museum of Scotland’s Grand Gallery until mid-April this year.

Festival organisers commissioned the work from Hackenwerth, and the sculpture will be constructed in full view of the public before its official exhibition.

Taking inspiration from the star sign Pisces, the sculpture’s balloons are to be suspended from the Grand Gallery’s high ceiling.

Hackenwerth, originally from Missouri, said:

“It will descend from high above and as it coils down it expands like a giant sea shell and opens up so you can see inside.

“Balloons are accessible. When people realise this massive form is made of thousands of balloons, there is some awe. It takes people back to their childhood.

“Any audience – children, old people – can see the joy and wonder in the balloons. To use them in a more sophisticated way, to transcend an individual child toy, is amazing.”

As Hackenwerth has pointed out, the balloon – in its many forms – does have a variety of uses today besides serving as a popular party decoration. Typical uses include in meteorological surveys and hot air balloon flights.

The artist has predicted that around 14,000 individual balloons will be required to complete the sculpture.

Hot air balloon flights are popular for short breaks in 2013

Filed under: Tourism — Posted by: Mark Smith on January 30, 2013

Travel Weekly, one of the UK’s leading travel and tourist magazines, has predicted that growth areas in 2013 are likely to be (more…)