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Hard Rock International Announces First Hotel Property in India, Hard Rock Hotel Goa

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hard Rock International – owner of one of the world's most iconic and recognized brands – announces Hard Rock Hotel Goa, the first of its kind in India. Projected to open in March 2015, the brand will transform the current North 16 GOA Resort owned by Convention Hotels India (CHI) into the Hard Rock Hotel Goa.

Hard Rock International Announces First Hotel Property in India, Hard Rock Hotel Goa


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Catering to the evolving and distinctive needs of today's cosmopolitan traveler, the 135-room property will offer world-class entertainment, stylish design, unparalleled service and Hard Rock's differentiator – music. The property's location, in the heart of Calangute, is in close proximity to the area's famed beach that attracts an influx of international and domestic travelers year-round. Boasting a central location, just 22 miles from Goa International Airport, the property is easily accessible for travelers visiting the region.

Hard Rock Hotel Goa will entice locals and worldly travelers with unparalleled live music performances and unique amenities, such as The Sound of Your Stay®, the brand's all-encompassing music amenity program. The exclusive program is free for guests of the hotel, allowing for in-room guitar jam sessions and playlist download upon check-in. The boutique property will feature traditional offerings, including a premium three-meal restaurant, room service, open-air pool and outdoor courtyard area, complemented by a poolside bar and grill. Additionally, the property will offer brand-wide amenities, such as a Body Rock® workout facility and a Rock Shop®, featuring Hard Rock's iconic merchandise and meeting and event space.

"The Hard Rock Hotel Goa will be located in a destination rich in culture and entertainment, and sharing the same vibrant, free spirit of the Hard Rock brand," said Hamish Dodds, chief executive officer of Hard Rock International.

"Our vision to bring an energetic brand like Hard Rock Hotel to India's experiential travelers will soon be a reality with the launch of Hard Rock Hotel Goa," said Prataap Wadhwa, Director Convention Hotels India; owners of the Hard Rock Hotel Goa. "Tourism is core to India's growth and our association with Hard Rock will enable us to reach a new market of travelers."

Hard Rock Hotel Goa will be managed by Spectra Hotels & Resorts, a joint venture between Convention Hotels India and Spectra Hospitality Services. Convention Hotels India and Spectra Hospitality Services are also currently exploring other in-country hotel opportunities in partnership with Hard Rock International.

"We are proud to be part of the first Hard Rock Hotel in India and enter into this thriving leisure destination and growing business market," said Navneet Nagpal, principal consultant at Spectra Hospitality Services. "We look forward to bringing Hard Rock's iconic entertainment to the region through music based events and shows featuring both international and local talent in an atmosphere that encourages artistic freedom and expression."

Internationally recognized as a world-class entertainment and lifestyle brand, Hard Rock Hotels offer stylish and contemporary design, unparalleled service and the thread that unites them all – music. Hard Rock's current Hotel portfolio is located in the world's most desirable resort destinations, as well as urban gateway cities. The dynamic properties cater to the evolving and distinctive needs of today's cosmopolitan, modern travelers, who seek a reprieve from traditional, predictable accommodations, whether for business or leisure travel, and who connect with the authentic and powerful Hard Rock vibe.

For more information or to book a stay at any of the Hard Rock Hotels, please visit www.hardrockhotels.com.

About Hard Rock International

With a total of 194 venues in 60 countries, including 148 cafes, 21 hotels and 10 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company's two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Biloxi, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Palm Springs and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include San Juan, Asuncion and Auckland. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Dubai, Los Cabos, Dallas-Fort Worth, Abu Dhabi, and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

About CHI – Convention Hotels India

CHI - Convention Hotels India was established in 2006, with an objective to invest in the hospitality space across South Asia. Founded by Mr. Priyakant Amin and Mr. Prataap Wadhwa; CHI has invested nearly Rs.4.5 Billion across Hotels India with demographic and geographical diversity.

About Spectra Hospitality Services

Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all segments of Hospitality, Leisure and Business functions, and extensive research on the world's most successful hotel companies, Spectra Hospitality Services collaborates with clients to help them conceptualize, develop and operate high-performance businesses. Established in 2006 and founded by Mr. Navneet Nagpal, Spectra Hospitality Services has been a landmark to be recognized domestically and internationally as the first and the only multidimensional lifestyle consulting, development and management company. Spectra Hospitality Services offers specialist hotel consultancy advisory services to hotel owners, operators, developers and investors, or those wishing to become involved in the hotel and hospitality industry. The Spectra network consists of consultants who work purely in the industry and incorporate a wide range of skills, experience and knowledge to craft individual solutions that meet the clients' specific needs. More information on Spectra Hospitality Services can be found on www.spectrahospitality.com

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