Voyages welcomes new CEO Grant Hunt
Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia has welcomed well-respected Australian travel industry leader Grant Hunt as CEO.
Grant is actually returning to the role, he headed Voyages Hotels and Resorts for more than a decade from 1996-2006. Previously Grant’s achievements included the development of Longitude 131 and The Lost Camel Hotel, the establishment of the Mutitjulu Foundation and the production of the Travel Industry’s first ever report on Corporate Social Responsibility.
During that time Grant also oversaw the expansion of the company from a single resort asset at Uluru to a portfolio of 23 hotels and resorts across 17 of Australia’s most sensitive and remote destinations, many of which are within National Parks and World Heritage areas.
Since his time at Voyages Grant developed his own nature-based tourism company, Anthology, and was owner of Hunt Tourism Services, a specialist advisory service to the experiential tourism and travel sector with a focus on nature-based tourism. He has chaired several key industry boards including The Australian Tourism Data Warehouse, The Commonwealth Icon Sites Task Force, Tourism Tasmania and Tourism Northern Territory. He also served on the board of Tourism Australia and was a member of the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management.
“My previous time at Voyages was both professionally and personally rewarding – the company and Ayers Rock Resort is in my blood,” said Grant. “To return to find the destination prospering with innovative installations such as the Field of Light and with 40% Indigenous employment is fantastic,” he said.
About Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia
Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) established to undertake tourism business on its behalf. Voyages offers unique experiences and cultural immersion in spectacular locations around Australia including Ayers Rock Resort in the Northern Territory, Home Valley Station in The Kimberley in Western Australia and the Mossman Gorge Centre, in Tropical North Queensland. Voyages works collaboratively with local communities, respecting and supporting the local Indigenous cultures and offering employment and training opportunities to the local and broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Profits from all business activities are re-invested in the Indigenous and resort experiences and through the various training and development programs in place around Australia