SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG
FOR PENANG HOT AIR BALLOON MINI FIESTA
18 DEC 2016, 8.30am AT OCCUPY BEACH STREET
Ladies & gentlemen,
I wish you all a very good morning and thank you for being present here at the Penang Hot Air Balloon Mini Fiesta which is to kick-start our promotion of the upcoming Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017.
The Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017 will be held for the 3rd consecutive time, on the 4th and 5th February 2017, in conjunction with Chinese New Year. Once again, there will be 15 international and local hot air balloons participating over the two days, held from 7am to 9.30pm at Padang Polo.
This morning, we have a mini version of a hot air balloon to take photos with and children are given the opportunity to colour a ‘mini paper craft hot air balloon’. Additionally, there’s a whole range of other activities especially for children such as art & craft workshops, fun inflatables and even a petting zoo.
At the Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017, there will be 15 colourful hot air balloons displayed during the morning and evening sessions plus ‘Night Glow’ shows featuring 10 balloons lighted up with music and light accompaniment on both days. For the first time this year, 10 free flying balloons will take off in the mainland at Sungai Jawi on 3rd February 2017 which will be quite a sight to behold.
At Padang Polo, tethered balloon rides will be available where one can go up to 60 meters high plus a ‘cold inflation’ activity where one can walk into a balloon envelope that’s filled with cold air as it lies on the ground.
At a cost of RM900,000, it is specially presented by the Penang State Government for everyone to p articipate during Chinese New Year, the Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017 is organised by AKA Balloons Sdn Bhd with the cooperation of the City Council of Penang Island (MBPP) and Penang Global Tourism. This is part of our 3-prong strategy of attracting more tourists to Penang with new products, new events and new experiences.
With this, I would like to end my speech here and wish you all a joyful day at the Penang Hot Air Balloon Mini Fiesta.