Clark, February 10, 2011
Since 2003, UPS (NYSE: UPS) has been the logistics sponsor for the annual Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, transporting balloons from across the world to Clark, Philippines. For this year's event, UPS moved 26 balloons from 11 countries for the event, which will last from Feb 10 – 13.
The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is the largest aviation sports event in the Philippines. As the nation marks the centennial year of airplanes in the Philippine skies, this year's celebration is expected to be bigger and more spectacular with more than 100,000 people expected to visit the four-day event.
"We are proud to continue to be associated with this exciting annual event which has become one of the most highly anticipated aviation events in the Philippines. The job of carrying the balloons from different parts of the globe from countries as far away as Sweden and the Netherlands and neighboring Asian countries demonstrates the range, reliability and flexibility of the UPS network," said Tim Gohoc, managing director of UPS Philippines.
UPS covers more than 220 countries and territories worldwide with 216 aircraft and a delivery fleet of more than 100,000 vehicles.
"The sponsorship has allowed us to showcase UPS's abilities in handling special cargo and the mastery of logistics we offer customers. These balloons are extremely important to the owners given their high value. Being a partner of the event since 2003 is a testament to the trust and confidence the organizers and the balloonists all over the world have placed in UPS," added Gohoc.
Since it started in 1994, the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta has been recognized as one of the major ballooning events in the world, alongside similar events held in Japan and New Mexico, U.S.A. The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta has given Filipinos a unique entertainment experience from balloon take-off to aerial displays and exhibits.
Additional information and event details for the 16th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta are available at www.philballoonfest.net.