By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy TTC

BRINGING A WEALTH of tourism experience, The Travel Corporation (TTC) has announced Matt Fuller as the new CEO of AAT Kings Group, replacing outgoing CEO Matthew Cameron-Smith, who joins Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia as CEO, it’s reported recently.

“I am thrilled to take on the role as CEO for the AAT Kings Group, such a well-respected brand and company to be a part of,” Matt Fuller stated.

As of September 21, Fuller will lead a combined team across AAT Kings’ Guided Holidays, Short Breaks and Day Tours, as well as its Small Group collection, Inspiring Journeys, SEIT Outback Australia and Down Under Tours, TTC explains.

Fuller has worked in private and publicly listed companies, a Packer family business, NSW Government Business Enterprises and, more recently, in Transport for NSW. He has also served as a non-executive director and trustee on a number of boards, including NSW’s highest profile destination, the Sydney Opera House, TTC states.

"I am thrilled to take on the role as CEO for the AAT Kings Group, such a well-respected brand and company to be a part of," Fuller stated.

"It’s been an incredibly tough year for tourism and a challenging road ahead, which is why our communities need us now more than ever - I look forward to working closely and collaboratively with the industry to aid in the road to recovery.

"I strongly believe in tourism and the very positive role it will play in our economic recovery, and to ensure a smooth transition for when the borders open up," he said.

TTC director David Hosking commented: "We are delighted to welcome Matt to our team. Matt’s keen commercial acumen and proven leadership capability, valuable relationships, ability to establish a culture of operational excellence - and track record of delivering quality customer, community and business outcomes - are all assets to the AAT Kings Group as we go forward in providing immediate support in our operations."

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An operator at heart, Fuller has led single-site and multiple-location-based operations, holding state and national level responsibilities to deliver exciting, high profile projects, TTC states.

Fuller is particularly well known for creating a new business model for the Taronga Western Plains Zoo – leading the design and development of a capital-investment programme that delivered key assets, including three unique adventure-accommodation properties and other complementary infrastructure, which had a profound impact on the success of the operation and the surrounding region, including a range of targeted community and conservation benefits, it explains.

In addition to his executive management roles, he has extensive experience as a non-executive director on boards across tourism, transport, regional economic development, and conservation organisations, including as a board trustee of the Sydney Opera House, and chair of the SOH Visitor Experience Committee, it adds.

Fuller has led teams that have achieved significant recognition and awards at regional, state, national, and international level, including numerous Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, winning three national awards during his tenure at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, which was inducted into the NSW Tourism Awards Hall of Fame in 2016, TTC confirms.

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Since 1912, AAT Kings as a tour operator has been helping people from all over the world discover and explore Australia and New Zealand "from top to bottom", it states.

It has a range of holiday options including guided holidays, short breaks and day tours, it adds.

With more than 100 years’ experience, the AAT Kings Group is the largest and best-run land-based touring operator in Australia and New Zealand, it states.

Its brands are: AAT Kings, Inspiring Journeys, SEIT, Down Under Tours and Aussie Adventures - and includes the inbound ground-handling services for sister companies Trafalgar and Insight Vacations, Costsaver and Luxury Gold in Australia and New Zealand.

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The Travel Corporation (TTC) is a highly successful stable and solvent family-owned and passionately run international group of 40 award-winning brands, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, it says.

Its "exceptional portfolio" of brands spans 70 countries and offers an, "…extensive selection of international travel and tourism companies, encompassing a variety of guided travel experiences, independent holiday packages, boutique river cruising, luxury hotels and safaris," it states.

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