HO TRAM BEACH, VUNG TAU, VIETNAM – MGM Grand is opening its third outpost in Asia – after Macau and Sanya – in Ho Tram Beach on January 15, 2013.
Two hours by car from Ho Chi Minh City, the integrated resort, a first for the country, consists of a 541-room hotel, a casino with 90 tables and 500 electronic games, a 2,200-square-metre convention centre and a range of restaurants and high-end shopping.
Vietnamese citizens will not be allowed to gamble (unlike Singapore which allows its people in for a fee), but there is more than enough to keep them and their families occupied, David Van Kalsbeek, executive vice-president of sales and marketing, MGM Hospitality, told MIX. “This will be a destination with a lot of diverse activities, catering to both players and non-players alike.”
Van Kalsbeek said the first targets of their overseas promotions would be China, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand.
MGM Grand Ho Tram Beach’s distance from the capital city, Van Kalsbeek believed, provided the right environment for focused conferences and exclusive corporate weekends.
In the main meeting space are grouped a pillarless grand ballroom divisible into four sound-proofed sections, which can accommodate 1,500 seated delegates when opened up; five meeting rooms with all the latest equipment; convenient freight access for large product displays; full serviced business centre; a dedicated events team; and onsite catering expertise.
The launch marks the first phase of the US$4.2 billion project. Down the road, the second phase will incorporate a new tower with 559 additional guestrooms, plus a villa component and an additional 500 electronic games.
For more details, visit www.mgmgrandhotrambeach.com
Margie T Logarta