Ho Tram Open Awarded Asian Tour 2015 Event Of The Year

By: City Pass Guide

Vietnam event scoops top spot in the Asian Tour official awards

Ho Tram Strip, Vietnam, March 10 2016: Few events can lay claim to creating such an impact in their first year as the Ho Tram Open, and the success of Vietnam’s richest sporting event has today been recognised by the Asian Tour.

Members of the Asian Tour vote annually on their top performers through the season, and it was the Ho Tram Open which proved to be the standout event amongst some of the world’s best golfers.

“We enjoy such a great roster of events on the Asian Tour, but what we experienced at Ho Tram was exceptional,” commented India’s Himmat Rai, who was part of a four-man play-off ultimately won by Sergio Garcia.

Asian Tour Commissioner Kyi Hla Han added: “Billing an event as ‘Asia’s Grandest Stage’ immediately sets a high expectation, but from the moment we touched down to the moment we left, the hospitality and service were off the charts, leaving us all excited about returning for the next event.”

The Ho Tram Strip is an emerging destination on Vietnam’s stunning south-east coast. The beachfront property is home to a 541 room 5 star luxury hotel, The Grand at Ho Tram Strip, which is embarking on its second phase, adding another hotel tower and luxury condo development. The Bluffs golf course, recently voted “The World’s Best New Golf Course” by the World Golf Awards and ranked 74th in Golf Digest’s “World’s 100 Greatest Courses”, sits on unspoilt dunes next to the nation’s East Sea, and has recently seen the addition of The Gallery Villas, a state-of-the-art real estate complex, carefully placed throughout the golf course.

“This award is the icing on the cake for us,” commented Ben Styles, Vice President Golf & Residential. “The Ho Tram Open is an advert for all stakeholders within this exciting new destination, both on a local and national level. Vietnam has ambition to grow its golfing prowess and we feel we have played our part in increasing awareness, sparking interest with the global golf community who will consider Vietnam and Ho Tram a must-visit destination.”

The event was promoted and staged by a unique team of golf specialists, Performance54, and world-leading management group, Troon Golf, providing the pathway to deliver the innovative vision from the ownership group, Asian Coast Development Ltd. Where-Golf-Meets-Entertainment” became one of the event’s leading themes, and with black tie gala dinners, concerts and a unique fight night, it certainly lived up to its billing.

“Golf has the ability to shape a destination’s economic profile,” commented Jed Moore, Managing Director, Performance54. “When you are given license to create and develop unique initiatives, you can drive far stronger returns with more immediate effect. The leadership from Asian Coast Development Ltd gave us the freedom to do something different and lay the foundations for the destination’s future success. This award gives us great confidence for what was achieved and the future of the event.”

A thrilling four-man playoff provided the most dramatic of climaxes, pitting the wits of global star Sergio Garcia against Thaworn Wiratchant, one of the Asian Tour Godfathers; India’s Himmat Rai and Lin Wen-Tan from Taipei, who had entertained crowds all week with his colourful on and off-course display. Ultimately, it was Garcia who held his nerve to claim the title under the severest of pressure.

“The Ho Tram Open was one of the real success stories for me personally and for golf in general,” commented Sergio Garcia. “To bring together such a great field, at such a great resort and create a week’s worth of world-class entertainment certainly made it a unique week for the players.”

The world’s media, whose experience of world golf events is matched only by the players, were also rich in praise with what was achieved.

“This was a wonderful advert not only for Vietnam, but also the great game of golf. The staging of the tournament was as good as anything we have seen in golf in Asia over the past 20 years. Members of the media certainly have something new and exciting to talk about, and Vietnam has a new-found status as one of golf’s most exhilarating new destinations,” commented Spencer Robinson, Chief Communications Officer, Asian Golf Industry Federation.

The announcement of the second Ho Tram Open will be made shortly, with expected developments that will see the tournament set out to further establish itself as a favourite among players.

For more information contact:
Jed Moore: jed.moore@performance54.com
Or visit: www.hotramopen.com


Ushering In The Year Of The Monkey At The Ho Tram Strip

By: City Pass Guide

Vietnam's Premier Entertainment Getaway Turns-It-On For Tet

Ho Tram, 22 January 2016: The Grand Ho Tram Strip today ripped-the-wraps of its Tet promotion package announcing an epic week that blurs traditional and contemporary entertainment options at the nation's number one getaway.

“People born in the Year of the Monkey are known to be playful, smart and energetic, and we wanted to capture a little bit of that 'Monkey Magic' with our program for Tet this year,” said Ho Tram Strip Executive Chairman Mr. Michael Kelly. “So no stone on our property has been left unturned in developing a fun entertainment experience here that is set to delight guests from around the nation and around the globe as the country welcomes in the Year of the Monkey.”

 

The Grand Ho Tram Strip has an incredible array of activities to delight guests young and old this Tet. The resort – which is entering its third year this year – has proven itself as the nation's entertainment capital, hosting some of the country's most talked about events last year, and developing a calendar now that propels us all into the Year of the Monkey.

“Everywhere you turn there will be something to see this Lunar New Year,” Mr. Kelly continued. “We will be offering daily li xi to lucky guests; stilt walkers will be roaming the property; dragon dancers will have the grounds shaking with excitement; roaming magicians will duel with well-wishers for your attention; calligraphers; “tò he” making for kids; lucky blossom trees; balloon artists – there will just be all kinds of activity for the whole family to enjoy.”

Special offers around the resort include:

Khói Barbecue: Buffet at our new poolside restaurant from VND 888,000++

Sports Bar: Buy 2, get 1 free drink promotions

Brasserie Bistro: 20% discounts on all champagne

JÙ BĂO XUĀN: Special Tet set menu designed by our Chef Raymond Bok with prices start only from VND 1,288,000 per guest

Club 9: Special drink promotions

The Spa: Free essential oil gift with all 60 minute treatments

The Ho Tram Strip, which is located just two hours from Ho Chi Minh City, includes one of the world's best golf courses at The Bluffs, nine bars and restaurants, three pools, a water fountain, seaside water-sports on its private beach, an award winning spa, a “Ho Tram Strip Putt-Putt” mini-golf course, a broad mix of shopping options for guests, as well as the nation's only international standard casino for foreign passport holders is the ideal place for your family to spend the year's most sacred dates. This has been recognized with a flurry of awards being showered on the property in late 2015.

It has further been pulling ahead of the nation in hosting major events in the past year, having played host to the epic inaugural Ho Tram Open in December which one magazine dubbed 'the best sporting event' Vietnam has ever staged. That backed up Above and Beyond earlier in the year, which various other publications put on their '2015's best events' lists. The property is fresh off its inaugural Kite Festival, which lit up the skies for the New Year, and an array of other incredible evenings that have run the gamut from Beauty Pageants to Boy Band legends, representing a commitment to excitement that has become the hallmark of the destination.

“And we are just getting warmed up,” said Mr. Kelly, alluding to much more to come in the Year of the Monkey.

Rate starts from VND 3,600,000 per room per night including two way shuttle bus to Ho Tram from Ho Chi Minh City or Vung Tau and daily breakfast for 2 persons.

For more information and reservations, kindly contact +84 254 378 8888 or email info@thegrandhotram.com

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