Captain Obvious Takes Flight at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Launches First Hot Air Balloon

ALBUQUERQUE – October 1, 2016 – Early today,® and its biggest fan, Captain Obvious™ took to the skies at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. The 45th annual event featured hundreds of hot air balloons, including the first hot air balloon.

“It’s been an exciting experience presenting at the Balloon Fiesta,” said Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert for “Albuquerque is a beautiful city with so much to see and do. Events like the Balloon Fiesta will keep Albuquerque as a top destination for people searching for new and unique travel experiences.”

Balloonist Randy Oates piloted the balloon “Glory” for The hot air balloon featured Captain Obvious artwork and a quote “My head’s in the clouds.” Captain Obvious and Taylor Cole embarked on the first balloon ride on opening day of the Balloon Fiesta.

Upon returning to the ground, Captain Obvious posed for a custom chainsaw carving of his bust with carver Steve Higgins.

According to new® Hotel Price Index™ data, Albuquerque is the 41st most popular destination for American travelers. Hotels in the city average $93 per room per night.


About the HPI
The HPI is a regular report on hotel prices in major destinations across the world, tracking the movement in prices that people actually paid for their accommodation and providing valuable insight into the reasons behind these changes. The data is drawn from bookings made on the hundreds of thousands of hotels on the websites worldwide.

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Taylor L. Cole, APR North America

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