STATEMENT: Hard Rock International begins construction of the Hard Rock Hotel

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STATEMENT: Hard Rock International begins construction of the Hard Rock Hotel

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ATHENS, Greece, Dec. 23, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Hard Rock International, GEK TERNA Group and the Athens community celebrated the opening of the luxury resort and casino in the heart of Athens Rivera. The opening event featured a commemorative celebration of the shovel at the historic Hellinikon Airport. The ceremony that followed was held at the Hellinikon Experience Center and included Hard Rock International executives, GEK TERNA Group executives, Greek government officials, political dignitaries and local community leaders.

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The €1.5 billion construction project is a state-of-the-art facility that is expected to generate 3,000 construction jobs and 3,000 permanent jobs that will not only stimulate the local economy of Athens, but will also have an immediate positive impact on the Greek economy.

"Today is a very special day as we celebrate this momentous occasion to bring our unique brand of world-class entertainment to Athens," said Jim Allen, president of Hard Rock International. "We are grateful to all political leaders, our Gek Terna partners and the people of Athens for supporting us and this project."

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Inspired by the rich heritage and culture of Athens, as well as the beautiful Mediterranean landscape, this one-of-a-kind destination expands Hard Rock's growing presence in Europe. Hard Rock and GEK TERNA Group's commitment to this project represents the shared vision with the Greek government and Lamda Development to transform the historic Hellinikon Airport into a world-class redevelopment that will further enhance the city and Greece's tourism industry.

George Peristeris, Chairman and CEO of GEK TERNA Group, stated: "We are delighted that in cooperation with a global leader in this sector, Hard Rock International, we are making an investment well above its already significant face value, offering Greece a development project that will be a point of reference for the tourism product of our country at an international level, will offer employment to thousands of people and will report significant income to the national budget. A project with a high national added value, as all our investments have always intended. ". Peristeris continued "The Hellinikon Integrated Tourist Complex is no longer a promise, a vision or a plan. It is a project that is already being built, demonstrating in practice that we fulfill our commitments."

About Hard Rock®: Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most recognized companies in the world, with locations in more than 70 countries and 300 locations, including hotels, casinos, Rock Shops®, live performance venues and owned or licensed cafes. HRI also launched a joint venture called Hard Rock Digital in 2020, a platform for online sports betting, retail sports betting and internet gaming. Starting with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock has the world's largest and most valuable collection of authentic music memorabilia, with more than 87,000 pieces, displayed in its stores around the world. In 2023, Hard Rock Hotels was honored by J.D. Power's North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study as Upper Upscale Hotels' No. 1 Brand in Outstanding Guest Satisfaction for the fourth time in the last five years. Hard Rock has also been honored by Forbes as one of the World's Best Employers, as well as Best Employer for Women, Diversity and Graduates, Best Brand for Social Impact, All-Star Customer Service, and Best Employer in the Industry. travel and leisure, gaming and entertainment. In 2021, HRI became the first privately held gaming company to be named America's Best Managed Company by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal, and has since been honored three times. At the 2022 Global Gaming Awards, Hard Rock was named Land-based Operator of the Year for the second time in four years. In 2021, Hard Rock Hotels

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