New heights for AJ Hackett International
Adventure tourism pioneer AJ Hackett plans to open the world’s highest bungy jump from the famous glass bridge in China and has new developments planned for Singapore and Russia.
The 260m jump will open late next year from the bridge in Hunan province - the world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge.
There would also be a giant swing platform flying foxes and another 40m bungy off a bridge above the glass bridge, he said in a statement.
Before that he will open a $12 million development in Singapore’s Sentosa Island, which includes a 47m jump, two giant swings, a vertical skywalk, a sky bridge vertigo experience and restaurant and bar.
In early 2018 his company plans to open a Skypark in Moscow worth about $14 million. It will feature bungy, swings, flying foxes and glass viewing vertigo experiences.
The ventures are a combination of fully-funded by AJ Hackett International, joint ventures or private/ government investment, according to a statement.
Hackett and AJ Hackett Bungy co-founder Henry van Asch introduced commercial bungy jumping to the world when they opened the Kawarau Bridge bungy near Queenstown in 1988. They later split the business with Hackett owning the international brand and van Asch taking over the New Zealand-based operations.
Hackett said there was a lot happening in the next 18 months including expansions in China and Indonesia.
‘‘We’ve never opened as many sites of this calibre in such a short timeframe.’’
An artists’ impression of a new AJ Hackett Skypark to open in 2018 in Moscow.