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10 December 2007 :: 13:12:21 pm 25525

Balloon Fiesta 2007 in full swing

Thousands of Thais and foreigners enjoyed the Pattaya International Balloon Fiesta 2007. There was even a giant cake balloon from the USA as part of the festival which celebrated his Majesty the King's eightieth birthday.
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At the Pattaya campus of Thammasart University
, Lieutenant General Sanit Phrommas, Director of Sport Development for the Army, chaired the opening of the Pattaya International Balloon Fiesta 2007, which is taking place from 8-12 December. Mr. Montien Thongnit, Deputy Mayor of Chonburi Province, Mr. Rae-wat Phol-luk-in, Deputy President of Chonburi Management, Mr. Niran Wathanasartsathorn, Mayor of Pattaya City, as well as, Thai and foreign tourists, more than two thousand people in all, joined in the opening festivities.

The Pattaya International Balloon Fiesta 2007 is a joint effort of the Army, Pattaya City and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. It was the first time that this special event has been organized in the Eastern Region, with the support of Chonburi Management, Nongprue Municipal District and Pong Municipal Sub District.

The purpose of the event is to give all ballooners, from around the world, the opportunity to visit Thailand and join in celebrating the eightieth birthday of His Majesty the King, which was on 5 December 2007. The event is also designed to encourage ballooning and to promote tourism in Pattaya City during this high season.

Mr. Kritchasit Mool-sraku, Deputy Chief of Pong Municipal Sub District, declared that this event promotes tourism to Pattaya City. It is expected that hundreds of thousands of people will attend. Moreover, the event is expected to generate at least three million baht, which will be spent in the area. After the event finishes, a report will be presented to Pattaya City and the Tourism Authority of Thailand in order to carry forward this activity as a registered annual event of Pattaya City. Hopefully, there will be even more people participating in this special event next year.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Tourism News

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