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Wong to lead new $15m attraction

3 May 2018  By Staff Reporter

Queenstown’s iFLY Indoor Skydiving is aiming for a mid-winter opening. Image: Supplied

Former Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters general manager Matt Wong has been appointed to manage a new Queenstown adrenalin experience, iFLY Indoor Skydiving.

The 40-year, who has also held roles as general manager of the Queenstown i-SITE Visitor Centre and World Travellers Queenstown and Wanaka, will take the reins at iFLY in early June ahead of the £15m attraction’s scheduled mid-winter opening.

Matt Wong

iFLY Queenstown is a project between SkyVenture International which manufactures iFLY wind tunnels and Auckland-based couple Emma and Gary Beyer, former skydiving world champions from the UK and the US.

It will be New Zealand’s only indoor skydiving wind tunnel and Wong said he “can’t wait” to be working on such an exciting and unique adventure tourism activity.

“It’s an unbelievable opportunity to help launch and manage the most dynamic business to enter the Queenstown tourism market in years,” he said.

“iFLY Queenstown will be accessible to a wide demographic because it’s safe for all from three years upwards while still having the adrenalin factor.

“It’s perfect for all the new and emerging growth markets for tourism, and as it can continue to operate when the sun goes down and in any weather it fills a gap in the market where there’s not a heck of a lot of options for adventure tourism, and especially families, in the evenings.”

iFLY Queenstown is currently being developed in Brecon Street and will operate every day of the year once open.

On-site facilities include a 360-degree viewing platform, a bar and café.

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