- 2009/03/11 Balloon fest a first for Malaysia

The Palace of Golden Horses will be the official hotel for the first Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2009 from March 19 to 22.

The event is a collaboration with AKA Balloon Sdn Bhd.

About 50 balloonists from Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, Britain, the United States, France, Belgium, Holland and New Zealand are expected to stay at the hotel during the event.

The hotelís general manager, Ondre Lim, said they were happy to be a part of the festival.

"It is amazing to see people standing in a balloon with hot air.

"With the balloonists here, Malaysians will have a chance to interact with them.

"Our Polo Pub will also be remodelled into a Balloonist Club with various memorabilia.

"We are also featuring our exclusive Hot Air Balloon Cocktails such as Hare & Hound, Burners and Hard Landing as well as a mocktail called the Whispers.

"The drinks are named after the terms related to hot air balloons," he said.

Lim said the public were welcome to be part of the fiesta.

The team from Malaysia is headed by Capt Khairuddin Abd Rani the first Malaysian hot air balloon pilot.

Capt Khairuddin, who has been a balloonist for more than 15 years, is excited about the partnership as the hotel offered indoor and outdoor recreational facilities as well as its proximity to Putrajaya.

The cocktails are priced at RM22++ per glass while the mocktail is RM15++ per glass.

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