Voyages appoints new CEO as PR director steps down

Grant Hunt is stepping down as CEO of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia.

Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia has appointed Matthew Cameron-Smith as its new CEO.

The former AAT Kings Group CEO will replace Grant Hunt, who has decided not to renew his contract. Instead, Hunt will join the Voyages board as a non-executive director.

Cameron-Smith was promoted to the top role at AAT Kings Group only last month.

“Matthew has had a long and distinguished tourism career,” said Rick Allert, chair of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia. “His almost 10 years with Travel Corp have provided him with a deep knowledge and appreciation of the Ayers Rock Resort experience and Indigenous culture.”

Hunt will work with Cameron-Smith on a transition program until September 1 when he will take up the new board position.

Hunt has spent two years in the role of CEO restructuring the company and rebuilding the executive and senior management team completing a 10-year masterplan, which included refurbishing Ayers Rock Resort.

Karena Noble is leaving after almost nine years with the company.

Karena Noble is also stepping down as director of public relations for Voyages after almost nine years in the role.

During her time in the position she played a key role in reviving Ayers Rock Resort’s image and performance, with Ayers Rock Resort featured in numerous global media campaigns for Tourism Australia and playing host to royalty and celebrities, elevating Uluru’s reputation as a world-class destination.

Uluru became a focal point for the best in Indigenous tourism and cultural experiences, as well as ground-breaking artistic events such as the Field of Light art installation, which reached over 725 million people in just the first month of the launch.

“Helping transform the ‘Rock’ from such lows to such highs is one of the proudest achievements of my career, and while I depart the organisation with some sadness, it now has such a positive image in the tourism world that I know it will re-emerge strongly after COVID,” said Noble.