ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hard Rock International announces plans to open its third European resort, following debuts in Ibiza and Tenerife. Projected to open in 2020, the seafront Hard Rock Hotel Malta will feature 370 rooms, including 110 suites offering balcony views. The upcoming project will be part of a new mix-used development called db City Centre, which includes a shopping mall, luxury residences and modern office spaces, in the highly sought after area of St. George’s Bay, St. Julian’s. Hard Rock Hotel Malta is being developed in collaboration with the Malta-based Seabank Group, a partner of Hard Rock for more than 15 years.

«Seabank is recognized as one of the most established hospitality companies on the island with more than 30 years of experience, which includes the ongoing management of Malta’s existing Hard Rock Cafes,» says Marco Roca, executive vice president of global hotel development at Hard Rock International. «Malta draws in travelers from around the world given its central Mediterranean location, idyllic charm, rich cultural history and vast array of activities – from scuba diving to exploring prehistoric temples – and we are thrilled to be part of a project that will provide travelers and locals with the country’s first true entertainment destination.»

The upcoming Hard Rock Hotel Malta will pay homage to the 19th century British military accommodation quarters building which will be a key feature of the project’s design and layout. Prior to opening, the historic site will be restored to its original glory.

«In the past few years we’ve seen Malta’s tourism sector on a steady rise, with the destination reporting nearly two million visitors in 2016,» says Arthur Gauci, chief executive officer of Seabank Group. «As the world takes notice and Maltese tourism booms, we’re thrilled to work with Hard Rock to bring an upscale and never-before-seen experience to the island.» 

Catering to the unique needs of international business and leisure travelers, Hard Rock Hotel Malta will have no shortage of amenities to offer. The hotel will host various high-end food and beverage establishments, including a multi-course signature restaurant and a rooftop lounge complete with Skybar. Guests seeking to relax and retune will enjoy numerous pools and the 16,000 square feet full-service Rock Spa, as well as the state-of-the-art Body Rock fitness center. The upcoming project is set to also host a broad range of events and groups with more than 37,000 square feet of planned function space, including the largest convention center on the island. From conception to completion, the project is expected to generate 1,500 new direct jobs, and an even higher number of indirect employment opportunities.

Through music appreciation and an imaginative environment, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos delivers products for the varied aspects of life – work, play and personal sanctuary. For more information or to book a stay at any of the Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, please visit www.hardrockhotels.com.

About Hard Rock International
With venues in 74 countries, including 174 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 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, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Valencia, Innsbruck, Yangon and Chengdu. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Berlin, Dubai, London, Los Cabos, New York City, and Shenzhen, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

About db Group
The db Group (formerly known as the Seabank Group) is now Malta’s leading driver in the tourism, hospitality and leisure market. Started off by Silvio Debono, a waiter, the Group now operates its own chain of db Hotels, has been successfully running the Hard Rock Cafe franchise from three outlets for the last fifteen years and has widened its portfolio to include contract catering, healthcare services, and construction amongst others. 

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