Michael Kelly elected to AmCham board of governors

Michael Kelly, executive chairman of The Grand Ho Tram Strip has been elected to the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Board of Governors for the year 2017.

Mr. Kelly, who resides in Vietnam, will be the highest-ranking American executive serving on the Board and will play a prominent role representing U.S. business interests in the country to both U.S. and Vietnamese policymakers.

Since being appointed executive chairman of The Grand Ho Tram Strip – Vietnam’s leading integrated resort situated in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province – in late 2015, Mr. Kelly has been a driving force behind the acceleration of investment and developments in the project.

Mr. Kelly also serves as the Chairman of the Tourism Committee for the AmCham in Vietnam. In the several short months since his appointment in September 2016, he has already made his mark in this role through his work with The Grand Ho Tram Strip in support of the Government of Vietnam’s tourism promotion and investment expansion initiatives.

“Mr. Kelly’s election to the Board of Governors is indicative of his sincere efforts over the past year in support of U.S. business interests in Vietnam,” said a press release from ACDL.

“His focus on the further expansion of U.S.-Vietnam business ties was also evident in recent appointments of prominent American industry and policy experts Loretta Pickus and Tony Podesta to the board of directors of ACDL – The Grand Ho Tram Strip’s parent company – raising the project’s recognition among key corporate executives and policymakers in the United States. In particular, Ms. Pickus, who brings substantial hospitality and regulatory experience from her time as general counsel to Trump Entertainment Resorts, has underscored her commitment to championing U.S.-Vietnam ties and investment opportunities to the incoming U.S. administration.”

The Grand Ho Tram Strip is the largest foreign invested tourism development undertaken in Vietnam, and among the largest private equity investment into the country from the United States. The Ho Tram Project Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of ACDL, leads the development of the broader resort complex Ho Tram Strip, which includes a 541-room five-star integrated resort, a series of residential villas, and other facilities offering multifaceted leisure activities ranging from a world-class golf course to water parks and high-tech audio-visual entertainment.