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Hilton marks entry into Puerto Rico
Hilton Hotels has added three of some of Puerto Rican most
renowned luxury hotels to the firm’s brands portfolio. El
Conquistador Resort and Golden Door Spa will join the Waldorf
Astoria Collection, El San Juan Hotel & Casino, pictured, will
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join the Waldorf Astoria Collection, while Condado Plaza Hotel
and Casino will be welcomed by Conrad Hotels and Resorts.
These newest additions mark each brand’s debut in the
Caribbean. Ross Klein, global head of luxury and lifestyle
brands at Hilton, said: “Puerto Rico is a classic luxury
destination for those seeking adventure and relaxation, and
we’re delighted to be expanding our key luxury brands into this
rapidly booming market.”
SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA
Hollywood parties as Storm hits Mexico
With long term prospects still bleak in its domestic market of Russia, Storm
International has taken its gaming expertise to Mexico, where it has opened
a 350 slot operation which is totally cashless.
thatsentertainment dards of the company, and it Mexican cuisine, as it can be tional “Storm Touch” is used to
MEXICO includes a slot hall, Marilyn’s understood from the name, manage the gaming process.
Steakhouse restaurant and offers guests grilled meat and Guests of the facility can take
Russian-born operator Storm Brando’s sports bar. fish dishes. In Brando’s sports part in complete cashless
International is continuing to The facility is designed in bar, guests may watch the latest gaming, all using online cards.
spread its wings and fly to new the classical style, using orig- events of the world sports on Lavrenty Gubin, press-rep-
climes, opening its first enter- inal portraits of world cinema big plasma screens. In addi- resentative, Storm Interna-
tainment centre in Mexico in stars which fill the complex tion, an around-the-clock tional, said; “Storm
the last month. with the Hollywood spirit. buffet is offered to guests. International has invested
Hollywood Entertainment The guests’ special attention The total area of the centre US$20m in the development tional management, the Armenia, by becoming part-
opened in Monterrey, the will be drawn by the music is about 3,000 meters squared, of the centre and provided highest-quality service and ners in an existing casino in
capital city of the northeastern stage, elevated and seemingly the territory of the adjacent over 400 job opportunities security and its slots operat- September 2007. Storm
Mexican state of Nuevo León, floating above the main floor. parking is 12,000 meters for local residents. Storm esti- ing systems.” entered into a major renova-
with all the trademarks of High ceilings give a feeling of squared. Hollywood Entertain- mates the Mexican market as In early 2007 Storm made tion of the existing property
Storm’s Russian properties, a freedom, and circumspect ment’s slot hall features 350 a promising one, despite the the commitment to take its and in April 2008 the Shangri
focus on service and high end light patterns provide cozi- slot machines by Novomatic, high competition. The major brand and its management La casino, Yerevan was born.
gaming. The new entertain- ness. AGT and IGT. The unique competitive advantages of across the world and opened The company continues to
ment centre has been created Marilyn’s Steakhouse, the system of slot management the company are the operat- the first such venture just scour the gaming world for
according to the highest stan- restaurant of American and developed by Storm Interna- ing standards of its interna- outside Yerevan, the capital of future opportunities.
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