Grant Hunt is one of Australia’s leading exponents of Nature Based Tourism. He has proven himself to be an innovator and creative thinker when it comes to new product and experience development.
Grant was made a Member of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2020 and has been honoured with several industry awards over the years including the Outstanding Contribution by an Individual at the Australian Tourism Awards for 2011.
He has pioneered best practice in Sustainable Tourism and Travel and has been a leading advocate of environmental and cultural initiatives across the country, producing the industry’s first ever report card on social & environmental performance for the business he was leading.
Grant has been CEO and MD of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia since 2018. He also led the company as Voyages Hotels and Resorts from 1996 to 2006.
He has been responsible for the concept and creation of landmark tourism developments such as Longitude 131 at Uluru, Wildman Wilderness Lodge in Top End, NT, and Ikara Safari Camp in the Flinders Ranges National Park, S.A. As an advisor to industry, he has worked on iconic projects such as qualia on Hamilton Island and Sanctuary by Sirromet in SE Queensland, as well as serving as lead advisor on the design and creation of several ‘Great Walks’ for National Park Agencies throughout Australia.
He is an experienced board director and Chairman with strong governance and risk management skills, having chaired both Tourism Tasmania and Tourism NT as well as the Commonwealth’s Icon Sites Task Force. He has served on the board of Tourism Australia and is currently a Director of both Discovery Holiday Parks (G’Day Group) and Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia.
Grant has had senior level advocacy and industry representational experience including collaborative working relationships with business and Government at ministerial and senior management levels, as well as extensive stakeholder, issues management and communications experience.
He has played strong leadership roles in crisis management and natural disaster situations throughout his career.