New heights for AJ Hack­ett In­ter­na­tional

Central Otago Mirror - - SPRING HOMES & GARDENS - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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