Orlando, Fla. – Hard Rock International – with locations from Bali and San Diego to Singapore and Macau – announces new corporate executive positions, including Josh Littman as director of development in EMEA, Eddie Lynn as director of operations for Hard Rock Casinos, and Sal Rivera as regional director of operations in Latin America. In preparation for the upcoming global expansion of Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, the new executives will contribute to developing, managing and successfully delivering the brand’s iconic experiences. “Hard Rock International’s strategy of expansion into Latin America, Europe and Mexico demands a dynamic, experienced executive team,” said Michael Shindler, executive vice president of Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos. “We look forward to growing our talented Hard Rock team and delivering our brand promise of inspired, irreverent and authentic experiences.”
Orlando, Fla. – Hard Rock International – with locations from Bali to San Diego, Singapore to Macau – announces Jess Jorge Chavez-Muñoz as the new casino general manager at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, located on Macao Beach in the Dominican Republic, and representing Hard Rock’s first all-inclusive Hotel & Casino, as well as the largest casino in the country.Chavez-Muñoz will be responsible for overall administration and backstage direction of the casino, partnering with both Hard Rock and hotel executives to develop and execute plans, as well as manage the Hard Rock’s renowned vibe throughout the casino. As the new general manager, he will provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure successful operations, and is responsible for meeting and advancing the company’s vibrant mission and objectives.
Orlando, Fla. – Hard Rock International – with locations from Bali and San Diego to Singapore and Macau – announces the opening of its first hotel in Latin America -- Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis, located in the heart of Panama’s most scenic, elegant area of the Capital City, Balboa Avenue. In collaboration with Megapolis Investment Group and Decameron Group, the 66-floor hotel opened its first phase on April 16, 2012, featuring 500 rooms of its more than 1,400 total rooms.“Hard Rock International is very pleased with its collaboration between Megapolis Investment Group and Decameron,” said Michael Shindler, executive vice president of Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos. “The hotel will become an icon among the Panama skyline, and with support and ongoing cooperation, it will deliver the renowned Hard Rock vibe to the market and serve as a beacon for the entire Hard Rock brand.”
Orlando, Fla. – Hard Rock International – with locations from Bali and San Diego to Singapore and Macau – is excited to announce plans for a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Aruba. The government of Aruba selected Southwest Horeca Development, through an RFP process, to build the 310-room, beachfront Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, marking the initial step toward the development process. Upon opening, Hard Rock would manage the day-to-day operations of the property. While plans are in advanced stages, finalized contracts and financing details are still pending.
“With our strategy of expansion into the Caribbean, including Punta Cana and Central America with Mexico and Panama, Hard Rock International is excited to pursue a collaboration with Southwest Horeca Development in Aruba,” said Michael Shindler, executive vice president of Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos. “With the continued support and cooperation of the Government of Aruba, we look forward to bringing a fresh, vibrant hotel and casino to this prime tourism destination.”
MIAMI, FL – (April 13, 2012) – The All Inclusive Collection - the brand that is shifting the sands of the all inclusive resort experience – proudly announces the re-flagging of Cancun Palace and Vallarta Palace resorts to Hard Rock Hotel Cancun and Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta. The Hard Rock flag will be raised at both Cancun Palace and Vallarta Palace on August 1, 2012, marking the official re-branding of the two properties and the arrival of Mexico’s first Hard Rock Hotels. Hard Rock Hotel Cancun and Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta will blend luxurious style and substance with Hard Rock’s spirit of rock n’ roll. These ultimate all inclusive hotels will join Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic as the only all inclusive Hard Rock Hotels in the world. Additionally, the All Inclusive Collection will debut one more all inclusive Hard Rock Hotel when its Aventura Palace is re-branded to Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in early 2013. Exclusively marketed by the All Inclusive Collection, the four properties are owned and operated by an affiliate of the company by means of licensing agreements from Hard Rock International.
April 5, Northfield, OH. – Hard Rock International, owner of one of the world’s most iconic brands, announced today that it has entered into a joint venture and related agreements to acquire equity in, and to develop and operate a Hard Rock Gaming and Entertainment Facility at Northfield Park racetrack in Northeast Ohio. This proposed project is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including a successful resolution of the pending litigation in Ohio regarding video lottery terminals (“VLTs”).
The proposed $275 million Hard Rock project would include a Hard Rock-branded gaming center, premium steakhouse, Hard Rock Cafe, ongoing lineup of live music and iconic music memorabilia from Hard Rock’s unmatched collection, as well as a center bar, buffet and conference and meeting space. The development is expected to generate approximately 1,000 permanent jobs, more than 1,000 construction jobs and countless jobs associated with local suppliers and vendors.
Orlando, Fla., February 6, 2012 – Hard Rock International is proud to announce the winners of its 2012 Awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and dedication of employees, franchisees and partners. Hard Rock selected the top “rock stars” from more than 174 Hard Rock locations in 53 countries and hundreds of partners worldwide. The much-anticipated awards were chosen based on financial performance, unique sales accomplishments, community contributions, creativity, strategic marketing, philanthropy, brand loyalty and leadership. The ceremony included the highly-coveted awards for “Company Worldwide Cafe of the Year,” given to the team at Hard Rock Cafe Venice; “Franchise Cafe of the Year,” awarded to Hard Rock Cafe Buenos Aires; “Franchisee of the Year” given to HRC Colombia; “Hotel of the Year,” presented to Hard Rock Hotel Orlando; and “Hotel & Casino of the Year” given to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi. Award highlights also included “Company General Manager of the Year” for 2011, proudly presented to Nicos Charalambous of Hard Rock Cafe Orlando, who received a Harley Davidson motorcycle for his outstanding leadership; and Gordon D’Saouzo of Hard Rock Cafe Mumbai, who took home the award for “Franchise General Manager of the Year,” along with a check for $10,000.
Orlando, Fla. (October 20, 2011) – Having recently teamed on Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Hard Rock International today announced an agreement with Palace Resorts LLC to transform Palace Resorts properties in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Maya into Hard Rock Hotels. These will be “ultimate all-inclusive” properties that bring the acclaimed Hard Rock experience to these popular Mexican tourist destinations.
MIAMI, Fla. – The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana – the world’s first all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel – is thrilled to announce that it has been recognized as an esteemed AAA Four Diamond hotel for 2011. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic was a standout in the annual rankings, which are reserved for superior properties that exemplify the highest level of excellence in every facet of operation. Less than four percent of the more than 31,000 lodgings approved by the American Automobile Association achieve this coveted designation.
Panama City, Panama (May 25, 2011) – Marking its 16th property, and its first in Latin America, Hard Rock International today announced that the Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis is expected to open in December 2011. The 66-story hotel, located in Panama City just a few miles from one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, the Panama Canal, will offer stunning panoramic views of the city and Panama Bay, with its yachts and sailboats. Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis, which brings the acclaimed “Hard Rock Hotel experience” to an ever-popular global tourist destination, is developed and owned by Megapolis Investment Group and will be managed locally by Decameron Hotels & Resorts.