World Class Entertainment Destination To Be Located In Kenosha
Orlando, Fla. – October 10, 2013 – Hard Rock International – owner of one of the world’s most iconic and recognized brands – announced today its alliance with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin to develop, brand and manage their proposed regional entertainment destination located in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The proposed project would be developed in conjunction with the Osceola Group out of Naples, Fla., and designed to draw visitors from throughout the region. The project is expected to create more than 5,000 direct and indirect jobs in addition to generating significant economic benefits for the state of Wisconsin, including an estimated 600 million total in projected payments to the state over the course of the pre-approved compact with the state.
“Hard Rock International is thrilled to collaborate with the Menominee Tribe to create a true regional entertainment destination, which will become an important economic engine for the Menominee and Wisconsin,” said Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International. “We look forward to lending our global recognition, strong financial capabilities and proven experience to this project.”
“Hard Rock is an internationally recognized, value-added brand known for high quality offerings and world-class entertainment by people across the globe,” said Craig Corn, chairman of the Menominee Tribe. “Bringing Hard Rock to Wisconsin and adding them to our team greatly elevates the excitement around this project and will make it even more attractive and successful as an entertainment destination, particularly to people visiting from Illinois and beyond.”
Tonight the people of West Springfield, a great family community with rich values and strong traditions, have made a decision at the polls. While their decision means the Hard Rock New England project will not go forward in West Springfield, we respect their decision and thank them for welcoming us into their community for the past eight months.
We are disappointed for the volunteers, but beyond thankful for all of the West Side YES! Members, elected officials, unions, and citizens of West Springfield who have spent unlimited hours learning about this project, helping us to develop it and then pouring their hearts and time into this campaign. We’d especially like to thank Don Chase and Gene Cassidy and his staff at the ESE, the mayor, and the councilman.
We recognize the significant offerings Massachusetts has for the Hard Rock brand and continue to evaluate opportunities in the region.
West Springfield, Mass. – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New England shares findings from a report released today by Pro Forma Advisors, LLC – a world-class expert in economic analysis and research for the hospitality and entertainment industries. The report details findings of an Economic Impact Study to officials from the Town of West Springfield as part of an ongoing review of a potential casino resort development in the community. It speaks to a number of economic benefits to West Springfield and the region, from job creation and payroll, to expenditures of goods and services and projected construction employment.Highlights of the Economic Impact Study include:(*direct, indirect and induced jobs)
Orlando, Fla. – May 15, 2013 – Hard Rock International invites guests to share an unparalleled experience with Microcinema International’s creation of digital moving image art synchronized to the world’s favorite songs, from beloved classics to the hottest hits of today. Through the collaboration, televisions and digital signage are currently on display throughout Hard Rock Hotels, Casinos and Cafes, exhibiting compelling moving images harmonized with some of the most captivating tunes. Increasing the visual experience beyond music videos, Hard Rock fans are experiencing an artistic “new age” twist on some of the world’s most influential music from emotional ballads to electrifying jams.“As a forerunner in the curation and distribution of moving image arts, Microcinema is the perfect partner for Hard Rock International,” said John Kirkpatrick, head of music and artist relations at Hard Rock International. “Microcinema’s ability to understand our customer base and aesthetic approach produced impressive results and we look forward to continually evolving the relationship between music and visual arts together.”
Orlando, Fla. – May 2, 2013 – Hard Rock International, in collaboration with Bayshore Capital, announces plans for a Hard Rock Hotel in Daytona Beach, bringing the legendary Hard Rock vibe to one of Florida’s greatest vacation destinations. Expected to debut in 2016, in sync with the running of the 58th Annual Daytona 500, the beachfront site will be the largest in the market, currently slated to feature 250 hotel rooms, 100 condominium units with access to all hotel amenities and a signature Hard Rock Cafe.“The city and county have been working hand-in-hand to rejuvenate the city of Daytona Beach, and we’re thrilled Hard Rock and Bayshore Capital have chosen ‘The World’s Most Famous Beach’ as its newest location for expansion,” said Derrick Henry, Mayor of Daytona Beach. “The synergies between Daytona Beach and Hard Rock are limitless, and we cannot wait for the brand to open the Hotel and Cafe.”“The gorgeous beach, hot cars, bikes, great hospitality and the sound of rock ‘n’ roll music together will celebrate Daytona Beach’s resurgence,” said Henry Wolfond, chairman and ceo, Bayshore Capital. “We feel privileged to be a part of this development and look forward to its opening around the 2016 Daytona 500.”
West Springfield, Mass. – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New England – the proposed entertainment destination resort casino located on the Eastern States Exposition campus – is thrilled to share social media website details. The project’s social media website and blog will serve as an outlet for West Springfield and area residents to stay abreast of updates and news, while having the ability to learn and ask questions regarding the development. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New England leaders are excited to receive community feedback and believe social media outlets are the perfect place to connect.
“We look forward to engaging with the residents and businesses of Western Massachusetts through social media,” states Tim Maland, president of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New England. “It’s important to immerse ourselves in the culture of West Springfield, be a good neighbor to the area and communicate our strategies and goals to the local residents. Social media helps us take our engagement one step further.”
Orlando, Fla. – Feb. 6, 2013 – Hard Rock International – with hotel locations from Bali to Cancun, San Diego to Singapore and Chicago to Macau – announces plans to open Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs in Fall 2013, bringing the legendary Hard Rock vibe to one of Southern California’s hottest vacation destinations. Hard Rock International, in collaboration with Kittridge Hotel Management, will transform the former Hotel Zoso into an enviable hotel destination, reflecting the famed Hard Rock brand in a city known for its year-round sunshine, clear skies and endless activities.
“We’re thrilled to bring the Hard Rock experience to this world-renowned city and are very pleased with our new relationship with Kittridge Hotels,” said Nelson Parker, head of development in the Americas for Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos. “Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs will serve as an iconic entertainment and leisure destination and, true to the Hard Rock brand, will be a hot spot for musicians, celebrities and our valued Hard Rock fans.”
Orlando, Fla. Jan. 11, 2013 -- Hard Rock International – owner of one of the world’s most recognized, iconic brands – announced today their submittal of an application and a $400,000 non-refundable application fee to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for the development of HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO NEW ENGLAND to be located in West Springfield, Mass., on the campus of Eastern States Exposition (ESE). The single-phased resort property would be created on a dedicated 38-acre area of the ESE’s eastern parcel, as a keystone enhancement to the largest, most popular visitor destination in the region.“We’re thrilled to be working with ESE, who brings years of experience in the entertainment business and the most desired location to our company and brand. With 38 acres to develop, the project allows us to build today and grow tomorrow,” said Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International. “We’re proud to announce this project and concurrently submit our application. We are confident that together, with ESE, the Town of West Springfield and neighboring Western Massachusetts communities, the new resort will positively impact the State’s economy and redefine the entertainment experience in Massachusetts.”
Orlando, Fla. – Hard Rock International – with hotel locations from Bali and San Diego to Singapore and Macau – announces two Hard Rock Hotels in Shenzhen and Haikou, targeted to open in 2015 in collaboration with Mission Hills Group, the world’s leading golf brand and driving force behind China’s sports and leisure industry. The 280-room Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen and 250-room Hard Rock Hotel Haikou will feature Hard Rock’s famed rock ‘n’ roll design elements, as well as guest amenities inspired by its music roots, while seamlessly fusing with the stylistic elements of Mission Hills and the surrounding landscape. “The expansion of Hard Rock Hotels into China is a momentous event,” said Hamish Dodds, president and CEO of Hard Rock International. “We couldn’t ask for a better partner than Mission Hills and are excited to share Hard Rock Hotel’s unique style and attitude with a Chinese population thirsting for new entertainment experiences.”
The Hard Rock Hotel team had a great kickoff to the Sound Of Your Stay music lounge at the Cedar Door in Austin during SXSW. The house was hopping all day as our guests not only got to catch a slew of kick-ass artists, but also got to experience Hard Rock Hotel’s The Sound Of Your Stay amenities.
The Sound Of Your Stay™ is our free all-encompassing music amenity program that gives every guest access to experiences you can’t get anywhere else. picks. is our Fender guitar "room service” boasting a menu of 20 electric guitars to choose from and jam out on. tracks. is a 15-song curated playlist that serves as a sonic guide for your Hard Rock Hotel stay and beyond.
Day 1 artists included:
The Hood Internet (DJ SET)
Mike Nouveau (DJ Set)
DJ Mia Moretti & Caitlin Moe
The Knocks (DJ Set)
RAC (DJ Set)
Semi Precious Weapons
The fun starts all over again at 12:30p CST with The Heavy kicking things off.
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Check out some photos of the action right here.