Genting Group breaks ground on a China-inspired megaresort in Vegas

A replica of the Great Wall of China. A panda exhibit. A 7.5-acre water park. These are just three of the unique attractions planned for a new hotel and casino being constructed near the north end of the Las Vegas Strip.

A host of dignitaries break ground for Resorts World Las Vegas

Dignitaries with gold-plated shovels broke ground on Resorts World Las Vegas while confetti filled the sky

Yesterday, the Genting Group held an official groundbreaking ceremony for its latest project – the $4 billion Resorts World Las Vegas. This is the first megaresort to be built on the Strip from the ground up in nearly a decade. The Malaysia-based company bought the 87-acre site that was home to the former Stardust and houses the unfinished Echelon development from Boyd Gaming Corporation in March 2013.

“The Genting Group has more than 50 years of experience in the design, construction and operation of integrated resorts,” said KT Lim, chairman and CEO of the Genting Group. “The vision of Resorts World Las Vegas is a continuation of our philosophy of providing tailor-made experiences for our guests, unique to each particular market.”

A rendering of Resorts World Las Vegas, image courtesy of Steelman Partners

A rendering of Resorts World Las Vegas, image courtesy of Steelman Partners

Along with the attractions mentioned above, Resorts World Las Vegas will have more than 3,000 hotel rooms, a 4,000-seat theater and a huge casino as well as extraordinary gardens, a top-tier nightlife venue and an assortment of restaurants serving multiple regional Chinese cuisines.

Kim said that his company will ensure the “Chinese theme is executed as authentically as possible.”

Resorts World Las Vegas will be known in Chinese as “Yun Ding Zhōnghuá Shijie,” which means “Genting’s World of China.” It will showcase the country’s 34 administrative regions and 56 minority ethnic groups.

“And it will not be just old China that visitors will see, but also the vibrant new China – a true representation of the importance of this ongoing and ever growing relationship across the Pacific in this century,” said Lim.

For those not familiar with the Genting Group, the company got its start in 1965. Lim’s late father conceived of creating a temperate hilltop resort for people in the hot lowlands of Malaysia. Situated within an hour’s drive of Kuala Lumpur, the country’s capital, Genting Highlands Resort opened in 1971. Today, the Genting Group has casino properties on seven continents that host more than 50 million visitors annually. Plus, it’s a leader in the cruise industry and has investments in biotechnology, agriculture, real estate, power generation and oil exploration.

Resorts World Las Vegas will be a huge boon to the city’s economy. It’s projected to provide over 30,000 person-years (one person employed for one year) of direct and indirect employment during construction and 13,000 permanent jobs once in operation.

Traditional drummers and lion dancers enlivened the groundbreaking festivities

Traditional troupes of Chinese musicians and lion dancers added energy to the groundbreaking festivities for Resorts World Las Vegas

Numerous dignitaries including casino mogul Steve Wynn, state officials like Governor Brian Sandoval and Clark County commissioners Steve Sisolak and Chris Giunchigliani attended the ceremonial groundbreaking. All of them were happy to welcome the Genting Group to the Strip.

Sandoval said Resorts World Las Vegas will be “the kind of resort you would see nowhere else on planet Earth.”

This was evident by the entertainment. A traditional troupe from San Francisco enlivened the event by beating drums and cymbals. After the speeches concluded, the world champion Resorts World Lion Dancers appeared. Dressed in bright yellow costumes, they playfully bobbed and weaved on and around the stage. Two of the lion dancers also amazed everyone by doing daring acrobatic feats on a series of little platforms.

Resorts World Las Vegas is sure to fit in and further transform the north end of the Strip, while its Chinese theme will deepen and broaden the city’s tourism industry as a whole.

The only difficult part will be waiting three years for its arrival. The first phase of Resorts World Las Vegas is anticipated to open in mid 2018.



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