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Hann Group: Boldness to build in the time of Covid


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PLAY BOLD. Live Bold. On the wings of its corporate catchphrases, majestically rose Hann Casino Resort, virtually phoenixlike out of the pandemic darkness.

Build Bold. Most appropriate addition to the slogan, given the standstill Covid-19 impacted upon the world, not the least on the leisure industry.

“Despite the undeniable disruption that the pandemic has caused, Hann’s vision of creating the ultimate playground in Clark remains true and the same,” boldness articulated by Daesik Han, chairman and CEO of Hann Philippines Inc, at the soft opening of the very first fully integrated resort in the Clark Freeport last January.

Hann Casino Resort’s construction is by itself a story of audacity.

The early lockdowns and quarantine restrictions caused wasteful delays, not to mention logistical challenges; the health and sanitation protocols slowed down labor, already limited as it is per physical distancing impositions. Additional permits had to be secured too.

The Hann Group remained undaunted, certain that eventually the pandemic situation will ease, the restrictions loosened, and people – long home-bound by the quarantine – will take on travel revenge and leisure indulgence.

Adapting to the times, the completion of the complex was undertaken by phases, with the employees fully vaccinated and regularly tested way before the opening.

As promised – “to elevate the Philippines’ gaming, entertainment, leisure, dining, hospitality, and shopping experience” – so delivered in Hann Resort Casino, with more, much more to come.

Fortune, indeed, favors the bold.

Joining Clark Marriott, Swissotel Clark – billed as “5-star international brand well-renowned for its intelligent design, quality craftsmanship, and mindful approach to sustainability” – opened this March.

The original Widus Hotel and Casino is set for transformation into the global brand Mercure Hotel.

“The soft opening of Hann Casino and Swissotel Clark will help kickstart the country’s economy by providing much-needed jobs to Filipinos. Within 2022, Hann Casino Resort is expected to employ more than 1,000 Filipinos,” Han said.

And that is only the beginning.

The Hann Group’s commitment to put Clark on the global hospitality map is slated to find full expression in Hann Lux, a multi-billion development project at the New Clark City.

This prestigious 450-hectare property will feature luxury brands like Angsana, Banyan Tree, Westin Hotel, and The Luxury Collection by Marriott. Among others, the integrated resort will also feature three 18-hole championship golf courses, outdoor recreation facilities, a clubhouse, a mixed-use commercial center, and a 10-hectare public park.

With Daesik Han, it shall come to be. BZL


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