062013_The Grand_Ho Tram image_300Ho Tram Project Company (HTP) announced that its first resort, located around two hours from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, will open to the public on July 26, 2013, and operate under the name The Grand - Ho Tram Strip.

“Extraordinary resort properties should be identified by a name and brand that reflect their quality, stature and uniqueness,” John Webb, vice president of hospitality for The Grand – Ho Tram Strip, said in a prepared statement. “After a long discussion process with stakeholders, branding experts and all departments within our organization, we found ourselves coming full circle—all the way back to the first name that was put on the table: The Grand.

“We looked at adjectives in every language you care to imagine, but when we stepped back and focused on the property, it is ultimately a Grand development, and so we are thrilled to announce that that is exactly what it will be known as.”

The property, which includes 541 rooms, extensive entertainment space and one of the largest function centers in Vietnam, was to have operated under another international brand and operator, however with the dissolution of that management contract, the owners will instead manage the property under The Grand - Ho Tram Strip name, with its 2,000-strong team recruited and trained under the direction of MGM Resorts International.

The first phase of The Grand Ho Tram Strip includes 541 five-star rooms, gaming facilities, meeting and convention space, ten bars and restaurants, a spa, teen’s and children’s areas, three swimming pools and luxury retail shops. HTP also announced in October 2012 that it had broken ground on the second phase of The Grand Ho Tram Strip, which will include a second tower of 559 rooms and additional leisure facilities.

The Bluffs—the Ho Tram Strip’s Greg Norman designed championship golf course—is under construction with Norman himself recently proclaiming it one of the top three courses he had ever been involved with, anywhere in the world.

The Ho Tram Strip is two hours away from Vietnam's largest metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City, and in its entirety includes The Grand, another similar-sized integrated resort to be operated by Pinnacle Entertainment Group, three other five-star resorts and The Bluffs Championship Golf Course, all set on a 2.2 kilometer beach surrounded by protected forest.

The first phase of its development will be Vietnam's first large-scale integrated resort and ultimately will include an 1,100-room, five-star hotel, a world-class entertainment facility, restaurants, high-tech meeting space, an exclusive VIP area, a championship golf course, as well as a variety of beach-front recreation activities.