Vietnam’s Premier Luxury Destination Gives Back

By: City Pass Guide

The Ho Tram Strip raises money to help improve the future of the Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu province

Ho Tram, 24 December 2015: The province of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu had much to celebrate today, as a charity golf event hosted by The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip and The Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Golf Association raised $25,000, which will be used to help local families in need.

The event, which was held in true Ho Tram Strip style welcomed some of the great and the good from the province to enjoy The World’s Best New Golf Course, but importantly generate vital support for those less fortunate.

“This is a day we have all begun to look forward to in our calendar as it provides us the opportunity to give back,” said Ben Styles – Vice-President Golf & Residential for the Ho Tram Strip and Vice Chair of the BVGA. “As a leader in Vietnam’s hospitality and golf industry, we take great pride and responsibility in leading by example. We couldn’t be happier about the money we have raised today, which will go a long way in providing the desired impact within local communities.”

The funds were generated via a charity auction, where generous donations were made from the Ho Tram Strip. Topping the bill was a unique package for lucky guests to secure a two-night stay during next year’s hotly anticipated Ho Tram Open. Additionally, the package included a place in the coveted pro-am and VIP tickets to the Gala Dinner.

This is the second year running that the Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Golf Association has successfully staged its annual Charity Golf Tournament at The Bluffs and The Grand Ho Tram Strip. The $25,000 raised will be used to support families from Xuyen Moc, Dat Do, Long Son and Chau Duc. 

“Days like today remind us all of the importance of supporting our local communities, by working to help those less fortunate than ourselves,” said Ho Tram Strip Executive Chairman, Mr. Michael Kelly. “As a stakeholder in the province of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu, and one of the biggest employers, we view events like today as not only our corporate duty, but as an opportunity to enhance the lives of those around us and encourage efforts of this nature to help stimulate better living conditions, not only in our province but throughout Vietnam.”

Today marked the last event in the calendar in what has been a year of quite epic proportions for The Ho Tram Strip. The inaugural Ho Tram Open was staged to critical acclaim earlier this month. The premier luxury resort was also recognised by the prestigious World Golf Awards, as The World’s Best New Golf Course, as well as, Vietnam’s Best Golf Course and Best Golf Hotel. Perhaps the icing on the cake however, is the announcement made during the Ho Tram Open, that the Vietnam Golf Association will bring the Vietnam Junior Open 2016 to The Bluffs, giving Vietnam’s very own stars of tomorrow the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the best players in the world.


Brian McFadden To Headline Asia’s Grandest Stage at Ho Tram Open

By: City Pass Guide

HO TRAM, Vietnam (October 15 2015) — The Ho Tram Open’s position as one of the most electric new global golf events is undeniable, as the team behind the event unveiled one of Vietnam’s favourite artists. Brian McFadden, formerly of Westlife has put his cards on the table and revealed he will be headlining the Week of Entertainment (December 1st – 6th 2015) at the Ho Tram Open.

“I can’t wait for December to roll around,” remarked McFadden. “The vision of this event is off the charts and as soon as I heard the plans I had to be a part of it. The people of Vietnam have always been such great supporters of mine and I can’t wait to headline at Asia’s Grandest Stage.”

To mark the occasion, a special promotion was unveiled by Brian himself, as he took to Twitter saying he would dedicate a well-known song to a lucky fan, and personally invite them to Ho Tram to be on stage with him for his performance of Flying Without Wings – a huge hit from Brian’s time as part of Westlife.

He said; ‘Tweet #AsiasGrandestStage to @HoTramOpen for your chance to have me sing Flying without Wings to you on stage @TheGrandHoTram.

He continued; ‘I will pick a winner at random, and they will be my personal guest on Friday December 4th @HoTramOpen with hotel room thrown in!  

The promotion is being mirrored on the Ho Tram Open Facebook pages allowing fans the best opportunity to win the experience of a lifetime.

“Wouldn’t it be great for a fan to have such a memorable moment during the Ho Tram Open,” commented Ben Styles, Vice President Golf & Residential Development, Ho Tram Strip. “We discussed the idea with Brian we all agreed it is exactly the type of initiative Ho Tram stands for. We want to bring golf and entertainment together and invite spectators from all across Vietnam and South-East Asia to enjoy the event and importantly the evening parties!"

Brian will perform on Tuesday evening (December 1st 2015) at the exclusive Ho Tram Open Gala Dinner, as well as playing at the Ho Tram Open Poolside Groove, headlining on Friday evening (December 4th). Each evening the resort will be hosting a Poolside Groove party, giving guests the option to purchase tickets and continue on the party from 5pm – 1am each day of the Championship (Thursday thru Friday). Poolside Groove tickets will be available to spectators and guests when their tickets are redeemed at Ho Tram.

Brian will be in Vietnam for the week, enjoying the luxury of the Grand Ho Tram and taking on the challenge of The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip in the Pro-Am on Wednesday December 2nd.

“The vision around the Ho Tram Open is exactly what golf needs right now,” commented Jed Moore, Tournament Promoter. “We don’t view this as just a golf tournament, it is a date in the diary for sports fans, party goers and the general public to enjoy. We have built in activities across all corners of the resort and have opened the doors to all who want to join us. Brian’s addition gives us further fan engagement opportunities and will provide stellar entertainment for our guests and spectators.”

A gesture that has been very well received is the tournaments decision to make all tickets free. Sports and entertainment fans have been taking the opportunity to register for tickets to avoid disappointment. In addition, packages are soon to be unveiled via the exclusive travel partner for the Ho Tram Open, Saigon Tourist, with 1, 2 and 3 night options being made available at select local hotels.

Further announcements on post golf entertainment and package options are due for release in the coming days and available at www.hotramopen.com 

For more information about the Ho Tram Open including player bios and sponsorship options, visit www.hotramopen.com and follow @HoTramOpen.


Ho Tram Open Positive For Vietnam Tourism

By: City Pass Guide

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism today announced support for the Ho Tram Open and outlined the clear benefits for Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam - 4 November 2015 – The Minister of Sports, Culture and Tourism today declared his official support and best-wishes for the Ho Tram Open, an Asian Tour sanctioned professional golf event taking place December 3rd – 6th 2015, as he pin-pointed the significance of world-class sports events for Vietnam’s future tourism growth.

“To host an event of this stature requires not only the vision and insight to create it, but the willingness to invest,” commented Mr. Hoang Tuan Anh, Minister of Sports, Culture & Tourism. “The Ho Tram Open  will act as a powerful shop-window into Vietnam’s burgeoning status as a global tourism hub, positioning Ho Tram in the minds of not only golfers, but holiday-makers around the globe.”

The Ho Tram Open will be broadcast live on VTV and K+ domestically and distributed to over 650 million homes worldwide, providing an unprecedented platform for promoting the Ho Tram Open and the destination.

“This international-scale sport event will fuel tourism and economic returns into Vietnam and see our nation grow in popularity and appeal. I trust that The Ho Tram Open will serve as an important promotional activity to stimulate tourism in Vietnam as well as offering an appealing sport event which offers both domestic and foreign businesses a chance to invest, and cooperate toward the promotion of the stable growth of Vietnam's tourism industry,” stated the Minister. “I wish all of the golfers joining the Ho Tram Open the best of luck in the competition and all the best for Ho Tram Open”

The Ho Tram Open will bring the world’s best golfers to Vietnam December 3rd – 6th 2015 and be broadcast around the world. Global superstars including; Sergio Garcia, Ryder Cup Captain & Past Open Champion, Darren Clarke, Former US-Open Champion Geoff Ogilvy, two-time European Tour winner & The Bluffs Ambassador, Robert Rock and Vietnam’s number1, Michael Tran lead the player roster, alongside a host of the Asian Tour’s best players. 

“Vietnam has so much to offer visitors from around the world, whether it is the searing vistas of the mountainous highlands to the 2000 kilometer long coastline that we at Ho Tram call home, and the Open in December will provide an amazing showcase of this amazing land to a global audience,” said Colin Pine, General Director of the Ho Tram Project Company.

“After all is said and done, the Ho Tram Open is a destination marketing initiative that will promote the Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu province, Ho Tram and Vietnam,” continued Mr Pine. “The commitment from the onset was to create an event that elicited a positive reaction from audiences, both domestically and internationally. With the combination of our resort amenities, their impactful aesthetics, the best players in the world and powerful live broadcast, we have all the elements to make the Ho Tram Open a huge success and one of Vietnam’s must attend events.”

The Ho Tram Open has received unanimous support from Vietnam’s business community, who have supported the event proposition, with many committing to select high profile sponsorship packages.

“We have experienced unprecedented levels of interest and commercial support for the Ho Tram Open,” commented Ben Styles, Vice-President Golf & Residential for the Ho Tram Strip. “What is clear is the appetite from the local market and the desire to unlock the benefits of reaching such a vast audience and entertain clients at a unique event. We have a mantra of Asia’s Grandest Stage and we will be putting on a show to remember.”

For more information about the Ho Tram Open including player bios and sponsorship options, visit www.hotramopen.com and follow @HoTramOpen.

For more information contact Ms. Sonia Mai Huong on +84 915 637 245 / sonia.mai@thebluffshotram.com


The Ho Tram Open Partners with Troon Golf

By: City Pass Guide

World’s leading golf management firm selected to manage and promote Vietnam’s richest sports event

HO TRAM, Vietnam (Aug 28th 2015); Asian Coast Development Ltd (ACDL) has turned to the expertise of Troon Golf to deliver the Ho Tram Open, an Asian Tour sanctioned professional golf tournament, and the richest sporting event ever to be held in fast-growing Vietnam.

Troon’s remit will see the world’s premier golf management firm handle all operations and promotions of the Ho Tram Open, turning to its wealth of global expertise and its specialist event and marketing delivery team.

“Troon Golf’s Asia-Pacific team of specialists demonstrated during the global tender process that its standards and objectives match our own. To satisfy our vision required a dynamic approach and for us Troon was the clear stand out partner to take on an event of this magnitude,” Steve Shoemaker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ACDL said of the appointment.

“What was clear from the out-set was Troon’s focus in tailoring a bespoke event strategy in-line with our vision of the Ho Tram Open as a showcase for Vietnam, the Province of Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu and the Ho Tram Strip, as well as a powerful commercial platform for our partners that entertains our guests to the highest order.”

Troon’s business has become one of golf’s true global success stories, with projects in over 27 countries around the world covering global golf operations, agronomy, events, private residence and estate management and sales & marketing development.

“We understand the responsibilities we have as promoter and organizer of Vietnam’s richest sports event,” said Bruce Glasco, COO, Managing Director International Division Troon Golf Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific. “And we’re 100 percent ready for them.”

“Ho Tram is a unique proposition and has asserted itself as a clear leader in entertainment and hospitality not only in Vietnam, but throughout Asia Pacific. There is a strong fit between Troon’s quality assurance and the ownership’s dedication to excellence, which has formed a strong bond between our businesses.”

The event is poised to announce some headline players from the world of golf, who will be taking on the Greg Norman designed golf course, The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip. The links inspired course has quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with on the world stage, amassing several awards in just its first year and capturing the imagination of the world’s golf media with its searing vistas and unique topography.

“It is easy to see how Troon’s global reputation has escalated to the level it has,” remarked Ben Styles, Vice-President of Golf and Residential Development for the Ho Tram Strip. “We had an instant connection with the team and have been impressed by the professionalism, creativity and attention to detail in bringing our event to life.”

The Ho Tram Open: Asia’s Grandest Stage, will take place from 3 to 6 December 2015 at The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip in Vietnam’s Ba Ria Vung Tau province, around two hours from the nation’s largest metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City.

For more information about the Ho Tram Open including player bios and sponsorship options, visit www.hotramopen.com.

About Troon:

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world's largest golf management company, with more than 250 golf courses in its portfolio. Also specializing in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues, the company oversees operations at Troon Golf®, Honours Golf and Troon Privé properties located in 36 states and 27 countries

Additionally, there are 53 Troon affiliated properties featuring 75 courses that have been recipients of a "Top 100" ranking by national and international publications. Troon properties include Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii; Sewailo Golf Club, Tucson, Ariz.; Manchester Country Club, Bedford, N.H.; The Grove, London, England; Abu Dhabi Golf Club, UAE, The Els Club Teluk Datai, Malaysia, The Els Club Dubai Sports City and Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, El Jadida, Morocco.

About ACDL:

Asian Coast Development (Canada) Ltd. (ACDL) is an international development company specializing in integrated resort destinations. ACDL, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Ho Tram Project Company Ltd, is the developer of the Ho Tram Strip, a group of integrated resorts and residential development located on more than 400 acres of land with than two kilometers of pristine beach in Ho Tram, Vietnam and approved in an Investment Certificate issued by the Government of Vietnam. With a focus on providing a personalized blend of excitement and relaxation, the Ho Tram Strip will feature something for everyone, from lavish entertainment to premium shopping and exceptional recreational facilities.

The first phase of its development – Ho Tram Resort Casino Vietnam – opened its doors in 2013 and includes a 541 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. The Ho Tram Strip is one of the region’s largest integrated resort projects with major future development phases including an additional 559 rooms and further leisure amenities that will complete Ho Tram Resort Casino Vietnam.

Adjacent to Ho Tram Resort, the 18 hole Greg Norman designed Championship golf course – The Bluffs – opened for play in early 2014. Future developments at the site will include a residential offering, a second integrated resort similar in size and scale to Ho Tram Resort Casino Vietnam, and three additional five star resorts.

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