The Genting Group has announced that its building site on the Vegas strip will soon be a fully operational casino complex. It took seven years of planning and building work. Finally, the scissors will close on the ribbon for Resorts World Las Vegas on June 24, 2021.
The late June opening allows for a few weeks of observation time. This is just long enough to see how Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s plan works out. Sisolak is looking to reopen the entire state by June 1, 2021.
Resorts World Las Vegas claims that this project is the first ground-up casino to be built on the strip since 2011.
“After years of planning and constructing this monumental property with some of the most innovative partners in the industry, Resorts World Las Vegas will redefine the hospitality standard in Las Vegas with unmatched dining and entertainment. It has more variety of hotel accommodations than anywhere else on the Strip. And the city’s most progressive technology,” said Scott Sibella, the President of the new casino.
Sibella continued, “We are filled with gratitude and excitement as we approach our opening this June. We hope to play a role in Las Vegas’s rebound. It has been an incredibly challenging year for the destination and greater hospitality industry.”
You can already book a hotel room. The three hotels, which provide the site with 3,500 hotel rooms, are taking room reservations ahead of the site opening. These hotels are called Las Vegas Hilton at Resorts World, Conrad Las Vegas at Resorts World, and Crockfords Las Vegas.
From Stardust to LEDs
The investment in the site has been huge. Genting reports that the whole thing cost $4.3 billion to develop. This is roughly comparable to the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, which cost $4.1 billion when it opened.
The lot where Resorts World is being built had been sitting idle for years. Ever since its previous owners demolished the Stardust, a Vegas icon, in 2007, the tumbleweeds were allowed to grow.
Genting bought the site in 2013. Iin 2015, they kicked off development.
For six years, visitors to the strip have watched the skeleton of the building slowly form itself. It grew from its foundations into a curved 59-story tall wall of glass. The front bears one of the U.S.’s biggest LED displays, blasting light down at the strip like a landing UFO.
What to expect from Resorts World Las Vegas
The Genting group, based in Malaysia, has said the site will have “an Asian theme.”
The site has a station rigged up to serve the futuristic Tesla autos underground. This station will link Resorts World Las Vegas with the Las Vegas Convention Center. The link should put Genting’s hotel and casino complex in the running for corporate mass bookings as and when the center fills back up with expos and cons.
Katy Perry and Carrie Underwood have both been touted as signing possible deals at the venue . They would be taking advantage of the site’s 5,000-seat concert venue. Other headlining acts whose names have been thrown about by the rumor mill include Celine Dion and Luke Bryan. Celine Dion recently closed out her 16-year residency for the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
The site will also include an anime themed restaurant run by the Aoki brothers as one of 40 dining options. Culinary offerings across the site range from hotel room service and fast food to haute cuisine.
Everything about the opening suggests this might be one of the new icons of Vegas. But only time will tell if that is the case.
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