LAS VEGAS (AP) – The owner of one of the biggest casino projects on the Las Vegas Strip, based in Malaysia, on Thursday obtained regulatory approval to deal cards, roll dice and greet players when Resorts World Las Vegas will open on June 24.
Praising the $ 4.3 billion development and the boost it could bring in an economy plagued by a pandemic, the Nevada Gaming Commission has licensed Kuala Lumpur-based Genting Group and to its publicly traded subsidiary, Genting Malaysia Berhad.
“We look forward to seeing it open and up and running,” Commission Chairman John Moran Jr. said after the unanimous vote.
Scott Sibella, president of Resorts World Las Vegas, said the six-year construction project was being completed “on time and on budget.”
âWe want to be the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art casino in the world,â Sibella said of the technological advances incorporated into what will be the first new resort to open in more than a decade on the Strip.
It will incorporate natural outdoor light in many restaurants and convention halls, and a ventilation system, according to Sibella, has been designed to produce “the best air quality money can buy.”
Via videoconference, Genting President Kok Thay Lim traced the history of the company to his father opening the first Resorts World-branded resort, a 200-room hotel in 1971 in Pahang, Malaysia. The company now has properties in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, the Philippines and the UK.
The Las Vegas resort will be the largest in the United States, where Resorts World operates a casino at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York’s Queens neighborhood and is slated to open an 18-story casino hotel called Resorts World Catskills later this year in Monticello, New York, approximately 100 miles northwest of New York.
âWe are about to open our latest Resorts World property with 3,500 hotel rooms,â Lim said.
The opening comes as Las Vegas abandons more than a year of distance and mask rules imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Local lawmakers on Tuesday approved the full reopening of shops, entertainment and restaurants from June 1. This will meet Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s goal of allowing 100% capacity in businesses that reopened in increments after being ordered to close in March 2020.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board has already approved full occupancy of almost all of the properties in Las Vegas.
Infection rates have plummeted in the Las Vegas area, which is home to 2.3 million of Nevada’s 3.1 million people. The region has recorded nearly 250,000 cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 4,375 deaths.
State health officials report that more than a third of eligible residents in the area are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and nearly 46% have received at least one vaccine.
The positivity test, a measure of the number of people who take coronavirus tests who come back positive, was 4.9% in the region on Thursday. The World Health Organization’s target is 5% or less to ease restrictions.
Sibella said more than 4,000 people will be hired over the next three weeks to fill the station’s 5,500 employees. Most already have offers, he said, and most are vaccinated against COVID-19 and will not have to wear masks.
âI want to congratulate you on all the work you have done and the investment you are making now in the state of Nevada and in the economy of Las Vegas,â said Commissioner Rosa Solis-Rainey. âI, too, can’t wait to see your diversity and inclusion efforts. It is important for the community and for the state. “
Resorts World is on the site of the Old Stardust, a long-standing 32-story Las Vegas landmark that closed in 2006 and imploded in 2007. The Stardust was the tallest hotel in the world when it opened in 1958 with 1,500 rooms. Moran recalled his first jobs there as a restaurateur and lifeguard.
The new curved, red 59-story Resorts World will have three Hilton-branded hotels, including 236 suites on the upper floors in its exclusive Crockfords Gaming and Hotel Zone.
The structure has a huge dynamic LED facade facing the Las Vegas Strip aimed at attracting shoppers and provides for a station connected by developer Elon Musk’s Tesla vehicle underground transportation system with the renovated convention center near Las Vegas.
The resort is huge among the resorts on the Strip, on an overall site larger than the Allegiant Stadium, which opened last year. Sibella said there was still room to expand the large property to 88 acres (35.6 hectares).
It has a casino with more than two football pitches, gaming lounges and poker rooms. It will open dozens of retail stores and stores, more than 40 restaurants and lounges, including a street eats space, several spas and swimming pools, and 300,000 square feet (27,871 square meters) of meeting space and banquet on the second floor.
Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan have been announced as headliners starting in November at the facility’s 5,000-seat theater, operated by AEG Presents.
Singapore-based Zouk Group will feature DJs including Zedd and TiÃ«sto at the 2,000-seat Zouk Nightclub and AYU Outdoor Nightclub.
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