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Hot Air Ballon Festival Should Be Held Periodically: Rosmah | 21/03/2010
Untitled document PUTRAJAYA, March 21 2010 (Bernama) -- The Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor on Sunday proposed that hot-air ballon activities be made a sport or recreational activities that can be staged periodically and not just for international-level festivals.

She said in that way people can take the opportunity to experience rides in hot-air ballons with families, friends and associates.

"It can be a joint activity that can cement family and friendship ties," Rosmah said at the closing ceremony of the Putrajaya International Hot Air Ballon Fiesta 2010 here.

On the fiesta, Rosmah said it succeeded in bringing together Malaysians from various levels of society in line with the concept of 1Malaysia as espoused by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and it also showcased the cultures of various participating countries.

Besides that, she said, the event also dispelled the perception that it was a dangerous activity and not suitable as family recreation.

"I hope this event can be held in coming years and the organisers need to plan on added value to make the event a much awaited one and draw more participants from countries which had long excelled in hot-air ballons.

"I also hope that the Tourism Ministry and the Tourism Development Board will provide support to promote the event and make it a permanent feature on the annual tourism calendar," Rosmah said.

Putrajaya International Hot Air Ballon Fiesta, being held for the second time, drew 150,000 visitors from within the country and abroad over four days beginning March 18.

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