Australia’s largest hotel and resort operator is calling on the industry to come together and support the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’.
As industry leaders in encouraging cultural tourism and Indigenous employment within its hotels, Accor Pacific is asking the travel industry to stand up for adding Indigenous voices to the Australian constitution.
The Uluru Statement from the Heart calls for a ‘Makarrata Commission’ to supervise a process of ‘agreement-making’ and ‘truth-telling’ between government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The statement references the 1967 referendum which brought about changes to the Constitution of Australia to include Indigenous Australians.
A Makarrata is a complex Yolngu word meaning a ‘coming together after a struggle’. In doing so, a commission of Makarrata will facilitate a national conversation about our past, and our countries future together.
According to Accor, when we as a nation have reached agreements with our first nation’s people, we will then be on the path to becoming a mature nation, reconciled with our history.
“We invite millions of guests each year into our hotels and resorts to enjoy the best of the Australian culture, landscape and environment,” Simon McGrath chief operating officer for Accor Pacific said.
“It is then essential that the best of Australia represents our full history and our respect and pride in all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“Our countries rich history is welcomed by our guests and we are proud to share the story.
“Accor Pacific stand proudly aligned to our shared history and invite the industry to join us on the journey in support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.”
Click here to read the Uluru Statement from the Heart.