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“Greatest Mass Hot Air Balloon Ascent” is now 345 Balloons

“Greatest Mass Hot Air Balloon Ascent” is now 345 Balloons

October 1st was the first day of the 40th Balloon Fiesta, The Garrity Group coordinated an effort to track the number of balloons that launched from Balloon Fiesta Park in one hour. The tracking was an attempt to set a new world record in the category of “Greatest Mass Hot Air Balloon Ascent in One Hour.”

The Balloon Fiesta held the previous record of 329 hot air balloons, set in 2001. The documentation for the new record attempt of 345 hot air balloons was submitted shortly after the 2011 event.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is an annual festival of hot air and gas balloons that takes place every October in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. It is the largest gathering of balloons and balloonist in the world.


Also in US today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to Albuquerque.


City.Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the City.Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.

However, each city retains its own mobile identity via a dedicated domain. Already on offer are Brussels.Mobi, Paris.Mobi, Sanfrancisco.Mobi and Sydney.Mobi. is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.

Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.

Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and transport.

City.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.