You needn’t stay so grounded when planning your next special event. Go ahead and reach for the sky! Launch your promotion or celebration with the uplifting fun of hot air balloons!
Hello, my name is Wil LaPointe, the owner of Skyway Balloons, Inc. I was in the cellular communications business when I saw my first hot air balloon in the Tulsa area. I immediately realized the potential to draw a crowd, so I purchased a roof-top type to advertise my business. One day, a salesman stopped by who also was a balloon pilot. Although I had never been “up” in a balloon, I purchased a red, white and blue passenger balloon…perfect to promote my U.S. Cellular business. The pilot took me for my first ride and I was immediately hooked on the experience. I also noticed how it attracted a crowd…cars followed us for miles. I trained to become a licensed pilot myself and even became quite successful at competitive racing, eventually being ranked #5 in the entire country.
I bought a larger balloon, one which could carry myself and six to eight passengers – the largest hot air balloon in Oklahoma. For the last eight years, I have been having the time of my life introducing people to the joy of hot air ballooning for all types of occasions. Companies often use the hot air balloon experience as a unique team building exercise. At some events, such as a grand opening, wedding, family reunions or employee picnic, the balloon is tethered and attendees take a 50’ up-and-down ride. Another way companies use the balloon to advertise is to rent banner space advertising their products all around the country or just in Oklahoma. Many of these companies report that their business was definitely “looking up” with the use of this attention getting marketing concept. I have also had couples exchange their wedding vows in the balloon and even helped grieving families spread the ashes of a loved one.
A hot air balloon ride also makes a great gift idea for a wedding, birthday, and anniversary or just as delightful and unexpected surprise. Rides usually last 40 minutes to an hour, but we can continue for longer if requested. Everyone from young to old enjoy the adventure of floating quietly like a bird over the land. Not only is the scenery breathtaking, but you also can view wildlife on the ground and in the air. Often birds and butterflies will fly right along side us!
In addition to single flights, hot air ballooning can be part of an entire package, which might include a series of flights and landings for meals and area tourist attractions.
The next time you’re looking for a unique, memorable gift, promotional idea or special event entertainment, remember the sky’s the limit at Skyway Balloons!