Brisbane to get Southern Hemisphere’s first flying theatre

Brisbane will get the southern hemisphere's first "flying theatre", similar to this one in Canada.

Brisbane is set to offer tourists and residents an exhilarating aerial cinematography experience like no other with the Southern Hemisphere’s first “flying theatre”.

Brogent Technologies, a Taiwan-headquartered company leading the way in simulation technology, has announced its intention to bring its innovative i-Ride Flying Theatre to Brisbane, representing a $US20 million investment outside of construction and land costs.

Flying theatre-goers will be treated to uninterrupted bird’s-eye views of Australia’s awe-inspiring landscape while seated at a suspended platform that simulates the flying experience. Additional effects such as wind, sound, light and water enhance the immersive experience.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk met with Brogent in September during the 2016 Global Harbor Cities Forum in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where he invited the company to consider investing in Brisbane.

“Brogent is a leader in next-generation immersive technology and I’m delighted the company will be bringing its i-Ride Flying Theatre to Brisbane,” Cr Quirk said.

“This exciting attraction will be another major drawcard to Brisbane and will add to the variety of unique experiences our city offers visitors and residents alike.

“Brogent’s investment also aligns with the Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan which identifies attracting more foreign direct investment and tourism infrastructure as a way of furthering Brisbane’s economic growth and prosperity.”

Brisbane’s economic development board, Brisbane Marketing, played a critical role in informing Brogent about the Brisbane market and supporting the company in its investment decision.

Brogent CEO Chih-Hung Ouyang was pleased with the support provided and said Brisbane’s i-Ride Flying Theatre would give visitors a brand new experience.

“We were deeply impressed by Brisbane's rich cultural environment and the investment-friendliness efforts by Queensland and Brisbane city,” Mr Ouyang said.

Brogent’s decision to bring its flying theatre to Brisbane follows the success of Fly Over Canada, which has been voted on TripAdvisor as a top tourist attraction in Vancouver.

Brogent is in the process of identifying the ideal Brisbane location for its i-Ride Flying Theatre and hopes to start the project in mid-2017.