Ayers Rock Resort owners mull sale

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The owners of the Ayers Rock Resort are looking into “alternative ownership” options for the iconic in Central Australian property located near Uluru.

The Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) said it is examning its options as part of a vision to return the land to First Nations people.

“The ILSC’s primary objective is to fulfil its statutory obligations of returning land to First Nations peoples, and in doing so, create Indigenous benefit for traditional owners, and local, regional, and national First Nations peoples,” a spokesperson said.

“With this objective in mind, the assessment is focused on exploring potential alternative ownership options for the operations at Ayers Rock Resort.”

ILSC group chief executive Joe Morrison said the corporation took a long-term view on the successful operation of the resort.

“This is a positive step in the right direction for First Nations peoples as we work to fulfil our statutory obligations to return the Yulara land to the local Anangu community as well as ensuring the long-term viability of activities at Ayers Rock Resort,” he said.

“We are committed to getting this right and achieving a positive outcome with Indigenous benefit front of mind.

“This means setting up Yulara for sustainable success over the long term and delivering Indigenous benefit in the immediate future and for generations to come.”

More than 250,000 domestic and international visitors to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park stay at the Voyages run resort each year each year, with Voyages chief executive Matt Cameron-Smith saying they were “focused on continuing to provide our guests with an immersive Australian Indigenous cultural experience“.

“Our pipeline of bookings in 2024 and beyond is growing and we are excited to build on our strong momentum at Ayers Rock Resort, particularly as domestic and international tourism continues to rebound toward pre-Covid 19 levels,” he said.