43rd Annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Returns October 4-12, 2014; Best Viewing Spot Might Surprise

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View from Sheraton Albuquerque Airport at Highest Point in Town

The world’s premier balloon event, the 43rd Annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, returns October 4-12, 2014 when the world’s largest gathering of balloons and balloonists fill Albuquerque’s crystal-blue skies.

With over 600 balloons, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta remains the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and the largest annual international event held in the United States.

For nine days in October, hundreds of balloons lift off from Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta Park during morning and afternoon sessions powered by the perfect October climate and a phenomenon called the “Albuquerque Box,” a combination of weather patterns and geographic landscape which allows balloonists to control and even retrace their adventures.

While visitors flock to Balloon Fiesta Park for up close views of the balloons, many are also known to seek out prime viewing spots around town.

A favorite for many coming to town is the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel where guests gather in the hotel’s Club Lounge to enjoy breathtaking views of the balloons and the Sandia Mountains from the property’s location at the highest point in Albuquerque.

Located at 2910 Yale Blvd S.E., the ultra-quiet full-service hotel features spacious guestrooms with the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed making it the ideal spots for families attending Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The pet-friendly hotel also offers the Sheraton Fitness by Core Performance, in-room dining, the three-meal Rojo Grill, the Rojo Lounge, daily laundry and dry cleaning valet service and high-speed Internet.

For rates and availability during Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, go to http://www.sheratonalbuquerqueairport.com or call 866-716-8134.

The Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel is operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts (http://www.interstatehotels.com), the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company.

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Bernard Kaplan