Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia appoints new CEO

Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia has announced the appointment of AAT Kings Group boss Matthew Cameron-Smith as its new CEO.

Grant Hunt

Commencing 10 August, Cameron-Smith will assume the role from Grant Hunt, who has decided not to renew his contract. Instead, Hunt will join the Voyages board as a non-executive director.

Cameron-Smith joins from his role as CEO at AAT Kings Group, a key partner at Voyages’ Ayers Rock Resort.

It was only last month that Cameron-Smith was promoted to the top role at AAT Kings Group, having been with parent company The Travel Corporation since 2011.

He has also previously the position of managing director at Trafalgar for Australia.

Rick Allert, chair of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, said: “Matthew has had a long and distinguished tourism career. 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 1 September 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.

Under his direction, the team has recently finalised a 10-year masterplan, which included an extensive refurbishment of the guest and staff accommodation and public facilities at Ayers Rock Resort, and expansion of the Uluru airport with an investment of around $55 million.

In January of this year, he was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia at the Australia Day awards recognising him for his exceptional contribution to the tourism industry.