Voyages seeing biz demand

VOYAGES Indigenous Tourism Australia’s Ayers Rock Resort is seeing a lift in quotes for business events in recent times, Chief Executive Officer Matt Cameron-Smith told Business Events News.

There are two distinct trends being witnessed, Cameron-Smith explained: extremely short, and extremely long lead times.

“They either want to come in the next week, or they’re looking at 18 months time,” he said, “and I think that’ll normalise as confidence starts to lift up.”

Before the pandemic, Cameron-Smith said Ayers Rock Resort typically witnessed lead times of six to 12 months, depending on the nature of the event.

Either way, Ayers Rock Resort and Uluru (pictured) remain fantastic destinations for business events, he added, with the facility having recently been through a number of refurbishments, to its five-star Sails in the Desert property, and the pool at its three-star Desert Gardens Hotel.

“This is a very unique place to meet, to strategise, to launch a product,” Cameron-Smith said.

“It’s an iconic destination, it has a cultural IP, so I think for businesses to come here and reconnect and meet, I think it’s really powerful.

“If it’s a launch, or a conference, or a gala, you’ve got some pretty amazing locations out here…imagine having 120 people under the stars,” he added, referring to Ayers Rock Resort’s Field of Light Dinner and Sounds of Silence experience.

Voyages has also recently gained certification as an Indigenous supplier for business events.

Supply Nation, Australia’s largest national directory of verified Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander businesses, recently certified Ayers Rock Resort, which allows the property’s business events clients that have designated Reconciliation Action Plans to meet their spend targets.

Ayers Rock Resort’s certification also gives meeting planners confidence, as Supply Nation regulates & constantly monitors suppliers to ensure they are meeting their strict guidelines.

“This is exciting news as it enables businesses in Australia to know that they are channelling their spend in the right direction — toward funding Indigenous communities — and ultimately ensures a more ethical supply chain” said Cameron-Smith.

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