Tourism

Albuquerque’s changing landscape threatens key balloon landing zones

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Since the first gathering of 13 balloons in 1972 to the hundreds planning to participate in this year’s event, the Balloon Fiesta has grown tremendously over the years. But so has Albuquerque, meaning there are substantially fewer places for the world-famous balloons to land.

Balloon Fiesta countdown: Final preparations underway, new attractions announced

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 648 pilots, 84 special shape balloons and thousands of visitors are ready for the 49th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Paul Smith, executive director of the Balloon Fiesta, said organizers prioritized safety as they made tough decisions about operations and procedures over the past two years.

Plenty of New Mexicans traveled on Labor Day weekend

Number of people at airports hit pre-pandemic levels ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Millions of New Mexicans hit the road and the friendly skies this weekend and for some of them, it was the first time since the pandemic they have traveled. “For the most part it is at full capacity,” said Simon

Ten Thousand Waves first to call for guests’ vaccine proof

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A Santa Fe hotel will likely be the first such establishment in the city and New Mexico to mandate proof of vaccination for access. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Ten Thousand Waves guests who want to book a room, use the spa or eat indoors will

Balloon Fiesta concerns as COVID cases rise and restrictions tighten

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – With COVID-19 and the new Delta variant spreading rapidly, people are starting to get concerned about the fate of this year’s Balloon Fiesta. The event is a little over a month away. “Balloon Fiesta has been working a bit ahead of the curve,” said Tom Garrity, spokesperson for the Balloon

Hospitality industry renews its plea for more workers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Hotels, restaurants, and other tourist destinations have been riding a rollercoaster of restrictions and reopenings for the past year.  “It’s been probably the toughest eighteen months of my career,” said Adrian Perez, the president of Heritage Hotels and Resorts.

Space race sends local solar company soaring

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A local solar power company was selected to test out their new technology in orbit. Businesses in New Mexico are turning to the sky as the second space race takes center stage in the land of enchantment. Here in Albuquerque, mPower designs and builds solar panels, an essential part