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Hard Rock Hotels Appointed Kevin Zhao As Regional Director of Global Sales – Asia Pacific

December 07, 2021
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December, 2021, Shanghai - Hard Rock International recently appointed Kevin Zhao as Regional Director of Global Sales – Asia Pacific for the Hotel Division to manage and develop within the meetings and events segment the client portfolio, sales targets and industry initiatives to enhance Hard Rock International’s strategies within this region.

Kevin has expansive experience inhospitality spanning from destination marketing to hotel commercial management. Prior to joining Hard Rock International, Kevin served at Qatar Tourism Authority and hotel brands and groups such as Swire, Conrad, Ritz Carlton and Preferred Hotels. He demonstrated his insights and competencies in hospitality, sales and marketing and expanded the market share and revenue for the brands he served in his 15 year career.

“I am very pleased to have Kevin join Hard Rock Hotels.” Said Danielle Babilino, Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing. “Asia Pacific has always been an important component in our global sales strategy. I believe Kevin will support us in increasing market share as well as amplifying our volume in this region.”


About Hard Rock®:
Hard Rock International (HRI)  is one of the most globally recognized companies with venues in 68 countries spanning 241 locations that include owned/licensed or managed Hotels, Casinos, Rock Shops®, Live Performance Venues and Cafes. HRI also launched a joint venture named Hard Rock Digital in 2020, an online sportsbook, retail sportsbook and internet gaming platform. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's largest and most valuable collection of authentic music memorabilia at more than 86,000 pieces, which are displayed at its locations around the globe. In 2021, Hard Rock was awarded the Top Employer in the Travel & Leisure, Gaming, and Entertainment Industry by Forbes, designated as a U.S. Best Managed Company by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal and named the top performing hotel brand in J.D. Power's North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study for the third consecutive year. In 2020, Hard Rock was honored as one of Forbes Magazine's Best Employers for Diversity and a Top Employer for Women. Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos also received first place ranking in the 2020 Casino Gaming Executive Satisfaction Survey conducted by Bristol Associates Inc. and Spectrum Gaming Group. Hard Rock destinations are located in international gateway cities, including its two most successful flagship properties in Florida and home to the world's first Guitar Hotel® in South Florida, Global Gaming's 2020 Property of the Year. The brand is owned by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com or shop.hardrock.com.

About Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos®
Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos is internationally recognized as a leader in the hospitality industry – offering world-class entertainment, contemporary designs, incomparable service and one-of-a-kind brand amenities, catering to modern travelers who seek a reprieve from traditional, predictable hotel experiences. Driven by integrity, philanthropy and unparalleled guest experiences, the brand adorns 26 distinctive Hotels and 9 Hotels & Casinos in the world's most enviable destinations. Hard Rock Hotels continue to provide amazing live music, dining options that make guests' taste buds sing, head-to-toe wellness services and many more amenities, all while practicing social distance guidelines and adhering to SAFE+ SOUND protocols. For more information on Hard Rock Hotels, visit hardrockhotels.com.

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