- More details emerge about Hard Rock’s proposed 745,000 square meter casino project in Catalonia
- Casino, including 1,200 slots, 100 table games and more will be one of Europe’s largest
News emerged this week about Hard Rock International, operator of the famous Hard Rock Cafe chain, applying for a casino resort licence near Barcelona. Further details have come to light today about the planned €2 billion project which promises to transform Catalonia into a gambler’s paradise.
If the mooted casino resort comes to fruition, Spain will become ground zero for a new dawn in European casino gaming.
At present, Europe lags behind both North America and the Far East when it comes to integrated casino resorts. Other continents do them bigger, better and more grandiose. If Hard Rock International’s bold plans come off, it’ll become the proud owner of a new resort in Vilaseca and Salou in Tarragona. There’s even a name for the proposed development: Hard Rock Entertainment World.
With a 745,000 square metre space reserved close to to the Catalonian shoreline, there’s ample space for incorporating a sprawling resort complete with family entertainment facilities and a hotel. Although a part of Spain, Catalonia is known for its fiercely independent spirit and has semi-autonomous status. It was the Catalan government that approved the casino resort, going so far as to issue planning permission for the first phase of development.
One of Europe’s largest casinos
Hard Rock International has earmarked €600 million initially for the project as it seeks to create the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tarragona. By the time it’s completed, the plush new resort will have over 1,200 slots, 100 table games and will become one of Europe’s largest casinos.
Additional projects on the same site are also in the pipeline including a 500-room family hotel, built in conjunction with PortAventura World, an adjacent entertainment complex. Shopaholics haven’t been overlooked either: Value Retail will also be partnering with Hard Rock International.
The deal will see a 10,000 square metre mall constructed, with space for 75 units. For the people of Catalonia, the new resort should bring immediate benefits thanks to the 11,500 jobs it will create, including temporary workers involved in its construction. This will be followed, upon launch, with economic benefits estimated at €1.3 billion annually.
In typical Hard Rock fashion, the hotel will be guitar shaped and there’ll be a concert venue created with space for 15,000 gig-goers. All told, the project heralds good news for Catalonia and good news for European gamblers who will soon have a mega resort of their own to visit much closer to home.
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