AJ Hack­ett in Sin­ga­pore

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Tourism pi­o­neer AJ Hack­ett has opened a ma­jor tourism ven­ture on Sin­ga­pore’s Sen­tosa Is­land.

The de­vel­op­ment in­cludes a 47-me­tre bungy jump, two gi­ant swings, a ver­ti­cal sky­walk and a sky­bridge ver­tigo ex­pe­ri­ence, as well as a restau­rant and bar in a pur­pose­built tower, at a cost of $13.9 mil­lion.

It was of­fi­cially opened by the New Zealand High Com­mis­sioner, Dr Jonathan Ed­ward Austin, on Thurs­day.

AJ Hack­ett In­ter­na­tional founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer AJ Hack­ett said it had taken more than six years to com­plete the project.

The opening cer­e­mony fea­tured a tra­di­tional Chi­nese lion dance with chore­ographed au­dio-vis­ual bungy jump­ing, gi­ant swing and ver­ti­cal sky­walk ex­hi­bi­tions.

Hack­ett said he was happy to be open and able to give Sin­ga­pore lo­cals and tourists the ex­pe­ri­ence of their life

‘‘This project has been one of the more chal­leng­ing sites we have built but the end re­sult is some­thing very spe­cial.’’

The com­pany this year marks 30 years since Hack­ett in­tro­duced the world to com­mer­cial bungy jump­ing.

It is spear­head­ing bungy and ad­ven­ture tourism projects in China and Rus­sia as part of its in­ter­na­tional ex­pan­sion.

AJ HACK­ETT SEN­TOSA

AJ Hack­ett at the of­fi­cial opening of his new tourism ven­ture in Sin­ga­pore.

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