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Hard Rock Files Appeal, Blocks Hellenikon Casino Tender Process

A preliminary inquiry is said to have suspended the process of the Hellenic Gaming Commission’s (EEEP) international tender for a casino permit at Hellinikon, following an appeal filed by global entertainment and hospitality brand, Hard Rock International.

According to an announcement by US-based Hard Rock, authorities ruled that “the appeal contains specific grounds and arguements for contesting the (tender) decision to which it attributes serious irregularities that require careful evaluation”.

According to authorites, Hard Rock’s appeal has raised important “legal and substantive issues” on the casino tender process and therefore needs further evaluation.

Photo © EUROKINISSI
Hard Rock’s proposal for the casino and resort at Hellenikon. Photo © EUROKINISSI

Hard Rock in January said it would file an appeal citing that “unfair and improper practices” took place in the Hellinikon integrated casino resort tender process in Athens after EEEP disqualified the company and selected the rival binding offer of US-based Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment (MGE).

It is reminded that the planned integrated resort and casino in Hellinikon is part of a wider project (8-billion-euro investment) to develop Greece’s former Hellinikon Airport site into a multi-purpose hub.

The Hellinikon project.
The Hellinikon project. Photo Source: thehellinikon.com

The Hellinikon site is planned to include a resort casino, metropolitan park, offices, shopping malls, cultural venues, health centers, educational and research facilities and a marina.

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Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.

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