Hard Rock to build huge leisure and gambling complex on south Catalan coast
The planned project near PortAventura to include a casino, hotels, entertainment areas, theaters, shops and a convention centre
The future of a long-planned massive leisure and gambling complex on Catalonia’s southern coast is clearer now: Hard Rock International will be in charge of making this project a reality, the Catalan authorities announced on Friday. The American developer of themed restaurants, hotels and casinos was the only firm in the tender to present all the necessary documentation and fulfil all the requirements by the deadline of Friday 2pm local time.
The details of the project will be unveiled on July 10, said Catalan treasury secretary, Lluís Salvadó, while the government will have to decide on the specific proposal by September 11. Nevertheless, it is expected that the complex will include a casino, hotels, entertainment areas, theaters, shops and a convention centre, with the maximum height of the buildings set at 75 meters. After the success of its bid was made public, Hard Rock International announced that the initiative will generate thousands of new jobs, significant foreign investment and millions of euros in revenue.
"We will develop a world-class unique leisure and entertainment center”
Hard Rock International
In a statement, the firm claimed that it plans to develop a “world-class unique leisure and entertainment center” alongside the executive. At the same time, Hard Rock will also count on the help of PortAventura to develop the project, as the amusement park will be responsible for building the hotels. Meanwhile, Value Retail will be in charge of the commercial area.
Hard Rock’s new complex is to be built near to PortAventura, where Ferrari Land opened to great expectation on April 6 this year. The 70,000 square metre complex includes the spectacular Red Force roller coaster, which simulates the Formula 1 experience by accelerating from 0 to 180 km/h in five seconds, while rising 112 meters in the air.
Costa Daurada, the Golden Coast, is already a popular tourist area, where cities like Salou are visited by thousands of holidaymakers every year.