Ayres Rock Resort Begins RenovationFebruary 1, 2012 By: Jena Tesse Fox
Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia and the Indigenous Land Corporation have begun the largest renovation of Ayers Rock Resort since its opening in 1982. Stage one entails an extensive refurbishment of all guest rooms and public areas at the five-star Sails in the Desert Hotel.
All rooms will feature new furniture as well as new carpeting inspired by the topographical map of Uluru and artwork commissioned by local aboriginal artists. Refurbishment at Sails in the Desert is scheduled to conclude in May 2012. Renovations will then extend to the other four hotels: Desert Gardens, Outback Pioneer, Lost Camel and Emu Walk Apartments.
Even better, Ayers Rock Resort will now offer an indigenous training and employment program to attract employees locally and from across Australia. Furthermore, the Indigenous Land Corporation has committed to raising Indigenous employment at the resort to 50 percent by 2018, providing over 300 jobs for Indigenous Australians.
Additional developments at Ayers Rock Resort include a new under-the-stars dining experience, Tali Wiru or Beautiful Dune, relocation and transformation of the Mulgara Art Gallery, a spa focusing on spiritual healing and desert meditation and a Welcome to Country Ceremony in the Ayers Rock Airport arrival hall.