History & Facts
||Tourism officially arrived at Uluru, when Alice Springs resident Len Tuit ran the first tours and established a base camp to the west of the Uluru climb.
||VISITOR NUMBERS WERE FIRST OFFICIALLY RECORDED, AND THE RECORDS SHOW THAT 2,296 INTREPID SOULS TRAVELLED FROM ALICE SPRINGS FOR UP TO 12 HOURS THROUGH DUST OR MUD, DEPENDING ON THE SEASON, TO SEE WHAT WAS TO BECOME THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS ROCK.|
||Leases were granted to 2 tour companies for the operation of a hotel, 4 motels, a store and service station at Uluru.|
||IMPROVEMENTS WERE MADE TO THE ALICE SPRINGS - ULURU ROAD, LEADING TO AN INCREASE OF VISITORS TO MORE THAN 23,000 BY 1968.|
||It was decided that the accommodation village and airstrip should be moved outside of the Park area. The Aboriginal Land Council cleared the location for the new town site and planning for the development got underway.|
||MANAGEMENT OF THE YULARA DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LTD.|
||The Ayers Rock Campground was opened.|
||THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL AND THE SHERATON PROPERTY NOW KNOWN RESPECTIVELY AS VOYAGES DESERT GARDENS HOTEL AND VOYAGES SAILS IN THE DESERT WERE OPENED. THE RESORT TOWN SQUARE, INCLUDING THE BANK, BECAME OPERATIONAL AND THE PRIMARY SCHOOL WAS COMPLETED.|
||The Commonwealth Government handed the Ayers Rock (Uluru) National Park back to Traditional Aboriginal Owners.|
||THE PARK MANAGEMENT WAS TRANSFERRED FROM THE CONSERVATION COMMISSION OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY TO THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE SERVICE.|
||Yulara Maisonettes, currently known as Emu Walk Apartments, were officially opened.|
||The new coach campground was opened.|
||RED CENTRE HOTEL, NOW KNOWN AS VOYAGES OUTBACK PIONEER HOTEL & LODGE, WAS OPENED.|
||The Northern Territory conducted a review of commercial Resort operations and infrastructure and (as a result) government instigated a complete restructure of Yulara in early 1992.
8 years of competition at Yulara had failed to deliver sufficient returns to warrant ongoing public sector ownership and management, accumulating $90 million of debt. In July 1992 The Yulara Development Company Limited was dissolved and the Ayers Rock Resort Company Limited was constituted. The Sheraton Hotel was sold and all hotels now came under one management.
||ULURU-KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK BECAME DUAL WORLD HERITAGE LISTED; IN 1987 FOR ITS OUTSTANDING NATURAL VALUES AND THEN IN 1994 FOR ITS OUTSTANDING CULTURAL VALUES.|
||The decision to fully privatise the Yulara township and accompanying 104 square kilometres of land attracted the interest of General Property Trust (GPT) and in 1997 the Ayers Rock Resort Company Limited was sold for $220 million.|
||AYERS ROCK RESORT MANAGEMENT CHANGED ITS NAME TO VOYAGES HOTELS & RESORTS.|
||$100 million master plan completed, including major upgrade of Desert Gardens Hotel, refurbishment of Emu Walk Apartments, expansion of Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, launch of The Lost Camel (transformed in 2011 to staff accommodation), extension of residential facilities, and significant capital works to improve resort infrastructure.|
||An established 344,357 visitors were recorded visiting Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park|
||THE INDIGENOUS LAND CORPORATION PURCHASED AYERS ROCK RESORT AND ESTABLISHED VOYAGES INDIGENOUS TOURISM AUSTRALIA.|
||Voyages invested $43 million in improving the Resort experience including total refurbishment of the 5-star Sails in the Desert hotel and the addition of Uluru Meeting Place conference facility.|
||In line with Voyages commitment to increase Indigenous employment, Indigenous staff numbers grew from 2 in 2010 to 204 including 60 trainees. A total of 74 trainees successfully completed their traineeship at the National Indigenous Training Academy.|
||MARKS THE 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF AYERS ROCK RESORT.|
||Completed refurbishments of the one and two bedroom apartments at Emu Walk Apartments.
30TH ANNIVERSARY OF AYERS ROCK (ULURU) BEING HANDED BACK TO TRADITIONAL OWNERS.
||Completed the installation of the Tjintu Solar Field which will produce around 15% of the Resort's average needs, equivalent to the energy consumption of around 150 Australian households.
COMPLETED INTERNAL REFURBISHMENT OF GARDEN VIEW ROOMS AND REDECORATION OF RECEPTION AREA AT DESERT GARDENS HOTEL.