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Posted on September 18, 2013 | Tags: , ,

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.

Posted on July 31, 2013 | Tags:
Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza Slated To Open May 2014

Orlando, Fla. – July 31, 2013 – Hard Rock International – owner of one of the world’s most iconic and recognized brands – announces the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, anticipated to open in May 2014. Continuing Hard Rock’s earned 'Best in Class' recognition in the Americas, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza will represent the first Hard Rock Hotel to open in Europe. Palladium Hotel Group, pursuant to a license agreement from Hard Rock, will transform two former Fiesta Hotels, Club Don Toni and Hotel Don Toni, into the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, slated to feature the brand’s legendary music-inspired style. The two buildings will be united by a remodeled lobby and multi-purpose space, which will include various dining, shopping and entertainment outlets. True to its musical roots, the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza will also offer unparalleled live music and DJ performances for guests, a perfect synergy with Ibiza’s existing scene as a famed cultural center for electronic dance music and a renowned hub for international artists.

With our existing European presence of more than 40 years and 32 Hard Rock Cafes, we look forward to establishing our first Hard Rock Hotel in the region, especially in conjunction with the well-respected European developer and the leading hotel owner and operator in Ibiza, Palladium Hotel Group,” said Josh Littman, director of development – EMEA of Hard Rock International. “This project is a natural alignment of interests for Hard Rock, as Palladium recently opened the Hard Rock Cafe in Ibiza. As we enter Europe, and make strides toward additional hotel development goals within the continent, we will seek relationships with quality developers like Palladium, while we remain dedicated to introducing our brand to new guests and existing Hard Rock fans.

Posted on May 22, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , ,

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)

  • Job creation* projected at 3,500 permanent jobs in Hampden County; 2,700+ construction jobs
  • Employee earnings more than $173 million in Hampden County
  • Total direct facility expenditures at $270 million annually
  • Average employee compensation at $50,000
  • Sales, hotel and income taxes will boost revenue to state and host community by nearly $12 million – beyond gaming and property tax benefits
  • Big benefit for local tourism economy
Posted on May 22, 2013 | Tags: , , , , ,

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.”     

Posted on April 25, 2013 | Tags: ,

Orlando, Fla. – Hard Rock International – owner of one of the world’s most recognized and iconic brands – announces today it has entered into a long-term agreement with New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC. As part of this agreement, Hard Rock will make an equity investment in New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC, which extends to any projected future developments at the racetrack.

Hard Rock International has a long standing relationship and strong fan base in the state of New Jersey and we will continue to strengthen our presence through this collaboration with New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC,” said Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International. “Our company welcomes this opportunity and looks forward to leveraging our brand to potentially expand the region’s gaming offerings and sports betting through this alliance. We also believe this investment would sit comfortably alongside potential projects in the future, such as Atlantic City, in the event we establish a viable long-term entry plan for the market.

Posted on April 22, 2013 | Tags: , ,

West Springfield, Mass. – Hard Rock International – one of the world’s most-recognizable and iconic brands – is excited to announce Tim Maland, a seasoned executive in the resort and casino industry, as president of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New England. In his new role, Maland will lead the pre-development efforts for the proposed resort casino, located on the Eastern States Exposition campus and if Hard Rock is successful in its bid, the operations of this new location. Maland will officially assume his role as president on Monday, April 22 and will be present at the West Springfield community meeting on Wednesday, April 24.

I am thrilled to lead Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New England in its mission to deliver an iconic entertainment destination in Western Massachusetts,” states Tim Maland, president of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New England. “I look forward to immersing myself into the community, getting to know the people and businesses of West Springfield and its surrounding region, and ensuring the success of the Hard Rock brand in New England.”   

Posted on April 19, 2013 | Tags: , ,

Hard Rock Unveils $35 Million Traffic Plan for Eastern States /West Springfield-Agawam Corridor

West Springfield, Mass. – April 11, 2013 – Hard Rock International – owner of one of the world’s most recognized, iconic brands – unveiled the most extensive traffic study and implementation plan ever completed for the Eastern States/West Springfield-Agawam Corridor on Wednesday, April 10. During the presentation, Hard Rock executives, Eastern States Exposition (ESE) leaders and local engineering company, Tighe and Bond, quantified the traffic investment, valued at more than $35 million, with a plan to improve long-existing traffic congestion on Memorial Avenue and surrounding connector roads. The traffic plan followed Hard Rock’s application submission to develop Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New England at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass.

Posted on March 22, 2013 | Tags:

Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos Acknowledged For Top Performance by Market Metrix Hospitality Index (MMHI)

Orlando, Fla. – March 22, 2013 – Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos – with locations from Hollywood to San Diego, Chicago to Orlando– announces its ranking as the 2012 No. 1 overall leader in Customer Satisfaction in the “Upper Upscale Hotels” category, according to the Market Metrix Hospitality Index (MMHI). The award also places Hard Rock within the top five brands for Customer Satisfaction among all hotel brands and segments in the Americas for the year. Additionally, Hard Rock’s individual properties were recently recognized for outstanding service, with Hard Rock Hotels in Biloxi and Orlando awarded as “Best Hotels” by US News & World Report in the Biloxi and Orlando categories.

We’re thrilled to lead the Upper Upscale category in the MMHI awards for customer satisfaction alongside trusted, esteemed brands and are particularly gratified Hard Rock ranked extremely high in the overall listing,” said Andrea Melotti, head of global operations, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos. “This distinction demonstrates that the individualized and premium guest experiences in customer-centric environments at Hard Rock Hotels are resonating. Our recognition as a top-performing upper upscale hotel brand, both in business city hotels and leisure resorts, shows how extensively our fan base has grown. The good news for our ‘raving fans’ is that our recently launched Hard Rock Rewards loyalty program will better acknowledge and engage them throughout our network, from hotels and casinos to cafes.

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