Casino and hospitality giant, Hard Rock International, has confirmed that they are in the race for an integrated casino license in Athens. In a press release, earlier this week the company announced it has tendered a proposal for an integrated resort and casino at the former Hellinikon Airport site in the historic city of Athens, Greece.
Addressing a local press conference, Hard Rock Athens, Chairman and CEO of Hard Rock International, Jim Allen said: “We have always believed Athens to be one of the world’s great gateway cities and Hard Rock International envisions creating a must-see destination that will help draw from the over 120m annual guests across 74 countries, driving year-round tourism and being an economic driver for Greece.
This marks another step in the Company’s efforts to expand our world-class brand of entertainment and hospitality to Europe.”
Hard Rock has said that they have been working on their proposal for over a year and a half and confirmed that if they are awarded the project it would take them about 24-26 months to complete the construction work.
“This announcement continues to illustrate Hard Rock’s commitment to Greece and the great city of Athens following our investment in the Company-owned Athens Cafe when no one else was investing during the financial crisis in 2014,” Allen added.
The site, the Ellinikon International Airport was closed down in 2001. It had been one of the famous international airports in Greece for the last sixty years. Then following the crisis facing the country, as a part of the privatization policy that came in 2010, the airport site was to be redeveloped into an integrated resort.