Press Statement

Unspecified, HONG KONG

HONG KONG and ORLANDO, Fla., March 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Melco International Development Limited (“Melco” or the “Group”) (HKEx Code:200), a world leader in the leisure and entertainment sector and Hard Rock International, owner of the internationally recognized Hard Rock Hotels, Casinos and Cafe brands, were advised by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus that their joint proposal has been admitted to the next phase of the casino tender process as a member of a multinational consortium.

Melco and Hard Rock International welcome the decision of the Cyprus Government and look forward to continue exploring the emerging gaming jurisdiction. Capitalizing on Melco’s unique experience in creating the most spectacular integrated resorts in Asia, as well as Hard Rock’s proven track record of delivering differentiated hospitality driven experiences across the globe, both companies look forward to collaborating with the Cyprus Government for what it considers to be in the best interests of Cyprus.

The multinational consortium also consists of Cyprus Phasouri (Zakaki) Limited (“CPZL”), a member of the CNS group which, amongst others, conducts different businesses including real estate, telecommunications, dairy, large scale farming and export and mining in Cyprus.

About Melco International Development Limited
Founded in 1910 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) since 1927, Melco International Development Limited (“Melco” or the “Company”) is a company with a long history and a promising future. Today, under the leadership of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lawrence Ho, Melco is a world leader in the leisure and entertainment sector with operations in China, Philippines, Cambodia, and Russia. Via its gaming arms, Melco Crown Entertainment, Melco Crown Philippines, and Summit Ascent, the Company owns and operates properties under the “City of Dreams”, “Studio City”, “Altira”, and “Tigre de Cristal” brands, which include over 4,500 hotel rooms and employ over 20,000 team members while generating US$4.8 billion in revenues (FY2014). Melco’s properties also garnered eight (8) Forbes 5-Star awards (2016) and five (5) Michelin stars (2015) with its world-class amenities and restaurants. As a pioneering innovator that sets new standards in both gaming and non-gaming offerings, Melco has established strong and effective partnerships with global entertainment brands and top creative minds including Franco Dragone’s “The House of Dancing Water”, the world’s largest water-based extravaganza hosted at City of Dreams in Macau. Well recognized as a supporter of local governments in tourism and economic diversification, Melco has been honored with the “ICON on Corporate Governance” by Corporate Governance Asia magazine for the tenth year in 2015. For more information about Melco, please visit

About Hard Rock International
With venues in 68 countries, including 162 cafes, 23 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 greatest 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, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes 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 company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include San Juan, Reykjavik and Gran Canaria, Spain. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Atlanta, Berlin, Daytona Beach, Dubai, Los Cabos, Tenerife, Abu Dhabi, and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit

Project Enquiries:

Andy Choy
Chief Gaming Officer
Melco International Development Limited 
 Nelson Parker
Senior Vice President, Hotel & Casino Development
Hard Rock International

Media Enquiries:

Maggie Ma
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
and Public Relations
Melco International Development Limited 
 Alycia Rea
PR Group Director, Account Supervisor
Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos
The Zimmerman Agency