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Tracy to Lead Hard Rock’s New Japan Unit … and More

(February 2017) posted on Mon Feb 06, 2017

News for the week of Feb. 6, 2017

Hard Rock Intl. has launched a new division, Hard Rock Japan LLC, and the hired Edward Tracy to serve as its ceo. Tracy joins the company from Sands China Ltd. (a subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands Corp.), where he had worked since 2010, most recently serving as ceo. Prior to that, he held posts as president/ceo of Capital Gaming, a manager of regional casinos, and president/ceo of the Trump Organization.

Edward Tracy. Photo: Courtesy of Hard Rock Intl.

“Tracy brings more than 30 years of proven gaming, hospitality and integrated resort experience to Hard Rock,” says Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock Intl. “We are confident in Tracy’s ability to lead the company’s efforts in Japan and we look forward to seeing our business continue to grow under his leadership.”

Hard Rock opened its first Japanese cafe in Tokyo with long-time partner, WDI Group, in 1983. The company says that with the recent passing of Japan’s Integrated Resorts Promotion Bill, it intends to be a major contender among bidders for resort licenses in the region.

Marcus Hotels & Resorts has appointed Gordon Tareta as area director of spas. In that role, Tareta will oversee the company’s Well Spa + Salon brands at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and the Platinum Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas. He will also oversee the Evensong Spa at Heidel House Resort & Spa in Green Lake, Wisconsin. Prior to joining Marcus, Tareta was president/founder of his namesake business development group. His career also includes 10 years with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.

Gordon Tareta. Photo: Courtesy of Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Hotel Phillips Kansas City has joined Hilton’s Curio collection following a $20 million update to the 1930s-era property in the Power and Light district. Owned by Arbor Lodging Partners and managed by NVN Hotels, the 20-story hotel houses 216 guest rooms and suites and is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Renovations preserved the property’s art deco lobby, which showcases bronze and nickel metalwork, walnut paneling, marble walls and a black glass ceiling, as well as the gilded 11-ft. sculpture of Dawn (known as the Goddess of Hospitality), which stands at the hotel’s entry. Select accommodations feature such vintage-inspired decor as canopy beds with oversized headboards or bathrooms with claw foot soaking tubs.


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