Company: Hard Rock International
Family Name: Allen
Given Name: James
Profile: In charge of the gaming operations of the Seminole Tribe of Florida since 2001, Allen played a key role in the tribe’s purchase of Hard Rock International in 2007. He has played the leadership role since that time.
The central government’s delay in firming up the regulatory framework for the IR industry appears to have convinced new Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki that he might as well shift to a slower lane as well, taking more time to decide his basic policy on whether or not to pursue an IR bid.
The inaugural Hokkaido IR Showcase came to a close last Thursday, as seven IR operators and numerous other Japanese companies and associations exhibited at the first public IR event to be held in the prefecture.
Hard Rock took initiative at the Hokkaido IR Showcase on Wednesday with a presentation of their master plan for Hokkaido. Chairman Jim Allen presented a building model of their proposed property, making sure to namedrop Japanese electronics heavyweight NEC for their facial recognition technology and luxury hospitality brand Four Seasons for their high-end hotels.
The two-day Hokkaido IR Showcase is set to open tomorrow—Wednesday, January 9—with seven overseas IR operators offering sponsorship to the event. The seven are Hard Rock, Mohegan, SJM, Caesars, Melco, Rush Street, and Clairvest.
Jim Allen, CEO of Hard Rock International, was interviewed by a Japanese camera crew at the June 28 opening of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, and apparently made definitive comments that Hard Rock’s IR bid in Japan was now entirely focused on Tomakomai, Hokkaido.
Hard Rock International has won the license to build a 2 billion euro (US$2.3 billion) IR near Tarragona in eastern Spain.