Happy December Balloonatics!
We can’t believe the holidays are among us, where does the time go?! With the holidays around the corner, in this newsletter edition we are tackling all things holiday, from our holiday operations, to the best gifts to put under the tree, to a special discount just for you. We hope you enjoy!
Have you heard? We’re honored and humbled to be nominated for the Arizona Foothills Magazine Best Valley Adventure Experience title!
Since 1997, Arizona Foothills Magazine has celebrated the latest and greatest in Valley luxury. Their print publication and website, AZFoothills.com, features everything from the finest resorts and travel destinations to shopping and beauty to fabulous eateries and places to live. Twenty years later, the mission is no different, Arizona Foothills Magazine continues to strive to unveil what’s up-and-coming, give credit where it’s due to those who deserve recognition and provide useful information to loyal readers and subscribers.
Each year Arizona Foothills asks readers what their favorite valley offerings are in various categories, offering thousands of options chosen by nominations, editors and focus groups. The contest is answered with hundreds of thousands of votes that determine the Valley’s Best of Arizona. The best of each category will be featured in the April 2018 issue, a tell-all guide to the coolest people and places in the Valley of the Sun.
As a local, family-owned and operated hot air balloon company flying in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona for over 26 years, at Hot Air Expeditions we pride ourselves on providing more than a balloon flight, but a ballooning experience, taking guests a world away from reality from pick up to drop off. There’s nothing that makes us happier than to see our passengers walking away with smiling faces and saying “this is the best thing I’ve ever done!”. Seriously, its our favorite!
If you’ve flown with us you know what we’re talking about! If you’re with us, we would be so appreciative if you can attest to the experiences we provide by voting for us as the Arizona Foothills Magazine Best Valley Adventure Experience! It’s pretty simple, all you have to do is:
- Visit the Arizona Foothills Best of Our Valley website
- Log in with Facebook or Google
You can vote daily, and every vote makes a difference! The last day to vote is November 30, 2017.
Thank you for your support balloonatics, we couldn’t do what we do without you!
The temps are cooling down and sunset flights are back! We’ve got lots of great information in our monthly newsletter including balloon flight FAQ, a yummy treat from our Co-Owner Stephanie’s kitchen, and more!
Read on for more ballooning fun! Want to see something in our next newsletter? Leave us a comment, we’d love to hear from you!
Happy Fall Balloonatics!
In this edition of our newsletter, The Latest from Hot Air Expeditions, we are dropping some ballooning knowledge on you from how a hot air balloon works, to tips for your first flight, and some inside scoop on our re-brand. We hope you enjoy!
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Have you noticed something different about us lately?
We might look a little different, but it’s the same old us! We are excited to announce that we are updating the Hot Air Expeditions brand with a fresh new feel and look. You’ll start to see changes over the next few months in all of the elements of our core from our email communications, to our website, brochure, and even fun new elements on our tours themselves! Don’t worry, it’s all good things, and we can’t wait to share them with you.
We’ve been kicking it with our former logo since the 90’s (not to date ourselves) and have always loved the signature saguaro element of our brand, representative of the beautiful Sonoran Desert we fly over, and the saguaro studded landscape below, but in 2017 we discovered the incredibly talented Paige Poppe and it was all over from there. After coming across Paige’s work, and being undoubtedly inspired by this young, local Arizona artist even from our initial meeting, we knew it was time for an update, and she was the one to make it happen.
Lots of time, effort and revisions went into crafting what we feel is the perfect expression of Hot Air Expeditions and what we do. Our new look is one that is in touch with nature, and the beautiful desert landscape that surround us on each and every flight. To it’s core, it is inspired by all things Arizona, as we are so proud to have been founded in this wonderful state, and flying in Arizona for the last 26 years.
The ombre coloring of our new logo represents the times at which we fly, just after the sun rises, and as the sun is setting. As for the saguaro, well you know why we had to retain that signature staple.
We hope that you enjoy our updated look and feel, and all of the exciting new-ness that is to come from Hot Air Expeditions. We have worked hard to update our brand to one that is truly reflective of who we are and what we do, and come up with new ideas and adjustments to take our passenger experience to new heights (okay, we are getting corny now!).
Thank you to each and every one of our wonderful passengers and cheerleaders for your support now, and through the years, we are looking forward to this new, exciting chapter together!
In this edition of the Hot Air Expeditions newsletter, we have some exciting news…we are re-branding! Here, we are showcasing our new look, a fresh update crafted together with local artist Paige Poppe. Take a peek for details on our re-branding and other fun ballooning information!
HOT AIR EXPEDITIONS EARNS
2017 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE &
2017 PEOPLE LOVE US ON YELP AWARD
PHOENIX, AZ – July 11, 2017 – Hot Air Expeditions, known for providing superior hot air ballooning experiences in Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ, today announced that it has received a 2017 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence and People Love Us On Yelp Award. These achievements celebrate hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp over the past year. The Certificate of Excellence and People Love Us On Yelp Award recipients include restaurants, accommodations and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.
In a joint statement, Amanda Long and Stephanie Long, Owners of Hot Air Expeditions stated, “We are humbled and honored to receive the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and the People Love Us On Yelp Award in 2017 for our Arizona ballooning experiences. Our goal is to not only meet and exceed our guest’s expectations, but to really ‘wow’ them. We look forward to many more years of leaving passengers with smiling faces, experiences and memories to last a lifetime.”
“TripAdvisor is excited to announce the recipients of the 2017 Certificate of Excellence, which celebrates hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition allows us to publicly honor businesses that are actively engaging with customers and using feedback to help travelers identify and confidently book the perfect trip.”
The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. The People Love Us On Yelp award represents only those businesses who have received numerous trusted reviews that averaged a high satisfaction ranking among Yelp users.