Veteran international gaming executive Steve Wolstenholme (pictured) has reportedly been appointed group chief operating officer (COO) for Hoi An South Development Ltd.’s US$4 billion Hoiana casino resort project.

Located approximately 18.6 miles south of Da Nang, central Vietnam’s fastest growing tourist destination, Hoiana will feature premium amenities including luxury hotels, private villas, a condominium hotel, a casino complex, beach club, two 18-hole golf courses and more.

In a statement contained in a Thursday press release, Chief executive for Hoi An South Development, Richard Lam said, “We are delighted to welcome such an experienced executive to our team, and with his strong background in pre-opening large scale projects Steve will play a critical role in our success,” as reported by GGRAsia.

Lam reportedly added, “Steve is a proven leader with an extensive knowledge of gaming and hospitality across many markets.”

GGRAsia reports that according to the press release, Wolstenholme previously served as COO, president and managing director for Okada Manila integrated casino resort, located in Manila’s three-square-mile Entertainment City district, and as COO of Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited’s, Galaxy Macau.

Slated to go live in 2019, Phase I includes a casino complex and connecting deluxe hotel with two separates all-suite and condominium hotel, luxury all-villa resort, created and managed by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and one of two world-class 18-hole golf courses.

The Hoiana casino resort project is a partnership between Macau-based junket operator Suncity Group, Vietnam-based private equity and venture capital firm VinaCapital Group and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Ltd. subsidiary, Gold Yield Enterprises.