Hard Rock International Appoints New General Manager for Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast in Johor, Malaysia


Hard Rock International has appointed Clinton Lovell as the General Manager for its newest hotel in Malaysia – Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast.

With more than 20 years of hospitality industry experience, Clinton will oversee the hotel administration and will be responsible for the overall operations of the 365-room property in Desaru Coast, Johor – one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in Malaysia.

General Manager, Clinton Lovell


Working closely with Hard Rock International and the hotel team, Clinton will play a key role in the development and execution of strategies to drive continued growth for the hotel, while further enhancing operational efficiency.

“Clinton’s appointment is significant to this hotel. We are confident that his energy, enthusiasm and regional experience will contribute towards taking this property to the next level, and amplifying the Hard Rock brand in the region,” says Peter Wynne, Area Vice President Hotel Operations in Asia Pacific for Hard Rock International.

Prior to joining Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, Clinton has served as General Manager at Avani Atrium Hotel Bangkok and previously Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort for Minor Hotels and was honored as the Best General Manager (Indonesia) in the 2015 World Luxury Hotel Awards. In addition, Clinton also boasts almost a decade of General Manager experience with Accor upscale hotels in Thailand.

“Working for Hard Rock is my dream assignment.  It is a real honor and privilege to be named General Manager for Asia’s largest Hard Rock Hotel located in Malaysia’s stunning Desaru Coast. We have fantastic plans for Hard Rock Desaru Coast to be a hotel of choice for family holidays, the leading meetings and events venue in southern Malaysia and continue Hard Rock’s world class reputation of preferred employer of choice. It’s an exciting time at Hard Rock.’’ said Clinton Lovell.

Scheduled to have its Grand Opening Party on 28 September 2019, Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast will be the second musically-inspired hotel in Malaysia, after Hard Rock Hotel Penang, offering four food and beverage outlets, Rock Shop, Rock Spa, Roxity Kids Club and more. Located adjacent to one of the world’s biggest waterparks, the hotel overlooks the giant wave pool and man-made beach.

For more information on Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, please visit https://www.hardrockhotels.com/desaru-coast

Hard Rock International

With venues in 74 countries spanning 248 locations that include owned/licensed or managed Hotels, Casinos, Rock Shops® and Cafes – Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia at more than 83,000 pieces, which are displayed at its locations around the globe. In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards. In 2019, Hard Rock International was honored as one of Forbes Magazine’s America’s Best Large Employers, Forbes Magazine’s Top Employers for Women and No. 1 in J.D. Power’s 2019 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains. Hard Rock destinations are located in the world’s greatest international gateway cities, including its two most successful flagship properties in Florida and home to the world’s first Guitar Hotel® in South Florida, where its headquarters are located. 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 .