After more than seven years of work and Genting Malaysia Berhad has reportedly announced that it is planning to officially open its $4.3 billion Resorts World Las Vegas venue from June 24.
According to a Monday report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper, the 87-acre southern Nevada development is due to premiere complete with a trio of hotels together offering some 3,500 rooms in addition to a 117,000 sq ft casino featuring a large selection of slots and gaming tables. The Las Vegas Strip property will also purportedly premiere complete with a dedicated poker room and a sportsbook as well as 40 food and beverage options and approximately 70,000 sq ft of dedicated retail space.
However, Genting Malaysia Berhad reportedly pronounced that two aspects of its Resorts World Las Vegas development, a 5,000-seat concert hall and 250,000 sq ft of meeting and banqueting space, will not be completed until this autumn due to construction delays associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The operator purportedly disclosed that visitors may moreover have to wait a few more months to take advantage of the all-electric underground transit system that will connect the venue to the nearby Las Vegas Convention Center.
The newspaper reported that planning on the coming Resorts World Las Vegas technically began in March of 2007 when Boyd Gaming Corporation demolished the 32-story Stardust Resort and Casino to make way for a new project it had christened as ‘Echelon’. However, the Las Vegas-headquartered operator was subsequently forced to shelve these plans owing to the Great Recession and later sold the site to Genting Malaysia Berhad for $350 million.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Genting Malaysia Berhad held an official ground-breaking ceremony for its Resorts World Las Vegas project in May of 2015 before commencing construction on what is to be the first such venue of its kind to premiere along the Las Vegas Strip in over a decade. The newspaper explained that this work even continued throughout the coronavirus pandemic with the operator’s billionaire Chairman, Lim Kok Thay, checking in regularly so as to access progress.
Scott Sibella is the President for the coming Resorts World Las Vegas and he reportedly told the newspaper that the finished development is destined to employ around 5,000 people including roughly 500 managers. He purportedly furthermore divulged that no opening time has yet been set but that he anticipates prefacing the official public premiere with an invitation-only soft launch event.
Sibella reportedly told the newspaper…
“We always said we’re going to open this summer and on budget and I’m happy to say that will happen. We’ve been optimistic that things would get better in Las Vegas and the news we’re hearing is really great for us and we hope by the time we open on June 24, everything may not be back to normal but at least close to getting past this pandemic.”
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