Hard Rock in talks to raise $250m for hotel expansion
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Florida-based Hard Rock International is in talks with investors to raise US$250m to expand its hotel business in new markets.
Florida-based Hard Rock International is in talks with investors to raise US$250m to expand its hotel business in new markets, including Dubai, its executive vice president has said.
The firm, which operates hotels, casinos and themed bars, said the money would provide funding for expansion in 50 markets including London, Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai, Michael Shindler said in an interview with Bloomberg.
“We can go to cities that we feel are important to the strategic growth of the hotel platform,” said Shindler. “Without the capital, some of the deal opportunities that might come to us might not be precisely in the market that we want to be in.”
The Hard Rock business, which operates 15 properties worldwide, had earlier said in 2007 it would roll out hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but the plan was put on ice due to the global downturn.