Hard Rock International has announced the appointment of Mathew Turvey as regional director of global sales, Europe for Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos. Turvey will be responsible for building brand awareness and developing relationships with key MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) agencies and organizations in Europe, while working under Greg Naylor, director of worldwide sales.
Turvey joins the brand from Melia Hotels International, where he worked on a range of accounts and was successful in the development and growth of the company’s portfolio of MICE clients.
Hard Rock International is elated to have Turvey join the brand at an exciting time with a number of new openings in the pipeline throughout Europe. Commenting on his appointment, Danielle Babilino, senior vice president of global sales and marketing explained, “We look forward to welcoming Mathew to Hard Rock, his wealth of experience and expertise will bring fresh ideas and inspiration to the role and the wider team. It will be great to have him on board during this period of milestone expansion.”
The new Regional Director began his career with a degree in Hotel Business Management and has since gained over 25 years’ experience in the industry at a range of companies including Macdonald Hotels and QHotels. “I am thrilled to join this exceptional brand at such an exciting time” notes Turvey, “I look forward to seeing what the future of Hard Rock holds.” His proven track record precedes him, often exceeding revenue targets, a strength he will bring to this new chapter. He will have the opportunity to utilise his strong relationships with both large and boutique MICE agency contacts to build upon Hard Rock International’s existing MICE presence.
Turvey is joining at a pivotal time for the brand, with new hotels planned in key destinations across Europe, including Budapest, Dublin, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Madrid. Bringing the signature Hard Rock vibe to guests in true fashion, each hotel will pave the way for Hard Rock’s innovative and unique approach to hospitality.
Hard Rock International
With venues in 74 countries, including 188 Hard Rock Cafes, 240 Rock Shops®, 29 hotels and 11 casinos, 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, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise available in global Rock Shops and online at https://shop.hardrock.com. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands including Hard Rock Live performance venues. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes known for their award-winning Legendary ® Steak Burgers in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida. Another exciting Hotel & Casino location includes Atlantic City. Hard Rock Hotels are located in vibrant city and resort destinations such as Bali, Cancun, Daytona Beach, Desaru Coast, Ibiza, London, Los Cabos, Orlando and Shenzhen. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Kathmandu, Nepal, Gran Canaria, Spain, New Castle, United Kingdom, Asuncion, Paraguay, and Chandigarh, India. New Hard Rock Hotel, Casino or Hotel & Casino projects include Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Dublin, Madrid, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Sacramento, Dalian and Haikou in China. 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 honoured 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. For more information on Hard Rock International visit www.hardrock.com.