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Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos Appoints Josh Littman as Director of Development
in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Orlando, Fla.- July 23, 2012 – Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos – with locations from Bali and San Diego to Singapore and Macau – is excited to announce Josh Littman as the director of development for Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Littman, based in London, will be responsible for the brand’s expansion activities in the EMEA region, including sourcing and negotiating transactions for new-build properties or conversions and, where appropriate, potential venture collaborations.

“Hard Rock International’s expansion strategy demands a dynamic, knowledgeable executive team, and Josh Littman’s extensive experience in the region aligns very well with our plans, ” said Michael Shindler, executive vice president of Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos. “We look forward to growing our talented Hard Rock team and delivering our brand promise of inspired, irreverent and authentic experiences.”

Littman’s hotel and resort real estate knowledge gained during his tenure as Director at AECOM, a Fortune 500 global firm, ranges from projects in India, Italy and Spain, to Ireland, Russia and Portugal. In addition, he gained nine years of hospitality experience in financial planning, analysis, sales and marketing at Kerzner International Resorts and The Mark Hotel, as well as real estate and banking experience at PKF Consulting and Citibank. Josh Littman graduated from The American University of Paris in international business, and received an MBA in international finance and management from Thunderbird – the Garvin School of International Management.

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

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About Hard Rock International

With a total of 174 venues in 53 countries, including 138 cafes and 16 Hotels/Casinos, Hard Rock International is one of the world's most globally recognized brands. 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. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Pattaya, Bali, Macau, Penang, Singapore, Punta Cana and Panama.  Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced including Cancun and Vallarta scheduled to open in 2012; and Riviera Maya, Hungary and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2013.  Hard Rock International is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc.

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