Frequently Asked Questions
What is Voyages?
Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia is owned by the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) and manages tourism and resorts on their behalf. We offer experience-based holidays in spectacular wilderness locations in the Red Centre in the Northern Territory and at Mossman Gorge in Tropical North Queensland.
What properties do you operate?
Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia operates Ayers Rock Resort providing a variety of accommodation options for every possible taste and budget - from the award winning 5-star Sails in the Desert, and modern Desert Gardens Hotel, to the self contained Emu Walk Apartments, the authentic Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge, and the Ayers Rock Campground, offering powered campsites and air conditioned cabins.
What Makes Voyages Different?
Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia has a strong commitment to social responsibility, all profits from all business activities go towards supporting Indigenous training and employment across Australia.
We are focused on providing guests with enriching, memorable experiences which they would not be able to enjoy anywhere else in Australia. We are also committed to nurturing and sharing Australia's sensitive and complex eco and cultural destinations and also to protecting them so that our guests can continue to enjoy them for years to come.
It is critically important to us that we address local needs and concerns - at Voyages the social and environmental contracts we have created are not an option, they are vital way of life for us as a company and for our partners.
Can you give examples of your environmental initiatives?
We are a recognised leader in sustainable environmental tourism practice. We are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Through a series of initiatives across our properties we are focusing on energy management - reducing electricity consumption and LPG usage - and waste management techniques to reduce disposal to landfill. We also focus on efficiently managing our water resources and protecting biodiversity - native flora and fauna.
How do you interact with the local communities in which you operate?
At Voyages, we take seriously our commitment to support and empower the local communities in which we operate.
Our focus is on local needs and issues where we feel we can genuinely make a difference. Our approach is not boiler plate but rather is tailored to each specific location.
Our commitment extends to:
- Developing and operating the National Indigenous Training Academy at Yulara, Northern Territory
- Operating a residential, employment-based training program for young Indigenous people at Home Valley Station, Kimberley
- Establishing a residential tourism and hospitality training facility for 20 Indigenous trainees per year at Mossman Gorge Gateway
- Financial/cultural partnerships
- Joint venture agreements and partnerships with Aboriginal tour operators so that guests might experience an understanding for the land from its Traditional Owners
- Education programs – including work experience agreements with local Aboriginal colleges
- Arts and Crafts programs