The Japanese travel conglomerate behind Nagasaki’s Huis Ten Bosch theme park is to create a resort and hotel destination in Vietnam’s Cam Ranh City.

H.I.S. Chairman, Hideo Sawada, has confirmed that the group will work with a Vietnamese developer on the $1.8 billion project.

The destination will include a large-scale theme park along the lines of Huis Ten Bosch.

Themed on an idealised vision of Holland in the Middle Ages, Huis Ten Bosch is named after one of the palaces belonging to the Dutch royal family. The park features life-size models of some of the country’s most historic buildings along with canals, windmills and fields of tulips.

Huis Ten Bosch is famous for its robot-staffed hotel

It is also famously the home of the Henn na Hotel which is staffed almost entirely by robots.

A recent addition to the park is a virtual reality coaster that simulates a 300m drop, speeds of 270kmh, and a course length of 3000m. Riders climb aboard a coaster-style cart and don head-mounted VR display and headphones. The VR experience takes 2 minutes 30 seconds. Motion seats and the movements of the cart enhance the experience.

The park attracts about 3 million visitors a year and generates in the region of $89.5 million annually.

According to H.I.S., the new resort in Vietnam is a response to rising income levels in developing countries. This, in turn, is sparking higher demand for large-scale entertainment offerings. Local residents are expected to account for 60-70 percent of visitors.

Cam Ranh City is located in the beautiful coastal province of Khanh Hoa. The region is already popular with tourists and just one hour from Ho Chi Minh City.

H.I.S. has also recently announced that it will be opening two new robot-staffed Henn na Hotels in Tokyo and Osaka.

Image courtesy Huis Ten Bosch