Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia CEO Grant Hunt has been appointed Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to the tourism and hospitality sectors.
Grant has been CEO of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia since 2018, and previously headed Voyages Hotels and Resorts from 1996-2006. During this period his achievements included the development of Longitude 131 and The Lost Camel Hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, the establishment of the Mutitjulu Foundation and the production of the travel industry’s first report on Corporate Social Responsibility.
Under his direction the company grew from a single resort asset at Uluru to a portfolio of 23 hotels and resorts across 17 Australian destinations, many within National Parks and World Heritage areas.
He has chaired several key industry boards including The Australian Tourism Data Warehouse, The Commonwealth Iconic 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.
“Tourism plays such a significant part in Australia’s economy and it is very rewarding to contribute to this endlessly challenging and evolving sector,” he said.