The 49th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is postponed due to the COVID-19 worldwide health pandemic. Photo by Glen Wurden of Los Alamos
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Tourism Department has issued the following statement on the postponement of the 49th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta:
“We support the extremely difficult decision to postpone the 49th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Mexico Tourism Department has supported all efforts to keep the public safe – and we know this difficult decision was made with the health and safety of New Mexicans in mind.
“The postponement of the Balloon Fiesta demonstrates how the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the tourism economy here in New Mexico and throughout the world. Tourism will be vital in our ability to rebound, but we still need to ensure public safety is our top priority.
“We look forward to collaborating with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and other community partners on the event in the future.”