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Bank of New Hampshire’s Prestige Plus Customers Visit the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta!

Laconia, New Hampshire – October 30, 2019 – Bank of New Hampshire’s Prestige Plus members recently returned from a six day trip to New Mexico for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. With over 500 hot air balloons, it is the largest balloon event and the most photographed event in the world!

The mass ascension of balloons in the early morning was a trip highlight! The experience of watching hundreds of hot air balloons take flight is humbling and inspiring. The Rio Grande Valley creates a breathtaking backdrop for the spectacular display of color in the sky. A few Prestige Plus members took to the sky and went up in a hot air balloon during the morning mass ascension. Denis Hebert of Laconia was one of those brave people. Hebert stated, “It has been on my bucket list for a long time. To be in the midst of hundreds of balloons in the air was spectacular. It was a great experience.”


A special moment for everyone was the Balloon Fiesta by moonlight. All of the balloons are tethered to the ground and lit from within after dusk. This is known as the Balloon Glow. George and Nancy Jewell from Meredith stated “it was a spectacular sight to see hundreds of balloons lit up at the same time against the night sky.”


One of the most rewarding experiences of the trip was when the group took time away from site seeing to volunteer at Santa Fe’s Food Depot. Bank of New Hampshire’s President & CEO Paul Falvey explained, “Bank of New Hampshire has a deep commitment to the communities it serves and we wanted to extend that service and commitment to the communities we travel to by volunteering with our Prestige Plus travelers. We are proud to give back to the people of New Mexico through our volunteer effort at The Food Depot.” The Food Depot distributes 430,000 meals each month with help from donations and volunteers. Sarah Carter, a Maine native and Volunteer Program Manager at The Food Depot said, “It was such a pleasure working with the Bank of New Hampshire team! We are especially grateful you traveled so far and chose to spend an afternoon helping feed Northern New Mexicans in need.” 


Highlights of the trip were visiting the Nuclear Science & History Museum which included the details of the Manhattan Project, a ride along the eclectic Route 66 with a stop at the Route 66 Diner, the stunning views along the historic Turquoise Trail and staying two nights in the beautiful historic town of Santa Fe with its’ quaint shops and many art galleries. The group also enjoyed authentic Southwestern food including Native American, Mexican and Spanish cuisines.


Bank of New Hampshire manages a professional travel club as one of the many benefits for its valued Prestige Plus customers. Access to seminars, day trips and overnight trips are a part of these benefits. With many years of experience in the bank travel industry, customers know when they sign up for a trip the quality will be unsurpassed. To learn more about Bank of New Hampshire’s Prestige Plus program, contact Cindy Salta, Assistant Vice President - Prestige Plus Officer at 603.527.3901 or


Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire and Southern Maine. With 25 banking offices and assets exceeding $1.7 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and one of the largest independent banks in the state. Bank of New Hampshire is a mutual organization, focused on the success of the bank’s customers, communities and employees, rather than stockholders.  For more information, call 1.800.832.0912 or visit

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