A Sneak Peek at the New Resorts World Las Vegas

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There are finally shovels in the ground at the long-awaited Resorts World Las Vegas mega-resort project on the north end of the Strip. The $4-billion Chinese-themed resort is being built by Malaysia's Genting Group, which is best known for the massive Resorts World Sentosa casino/resort/theme park in Singapore. Together with the new, trendy, and nightlife-rich SLS Las Vegas, Resorts World Las Vegas is expected to revive and revitalize the Strip's northern end.

While Genting has only released minimal details about the project, it's becoming clear that a Chinese theme will be integral throughout the property. On May 5, when Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval joined Genting Chairman and CEO K.T. Lim in a ceremonial groundbreaking with golden shovels, the company released a statement promising that Resorts World Las Vegas will feature "rich cultural attractions, varied cuisine, and jaw-dropping entertainment from China's many diverse regions and ethnic groups," as well as "an infinite variation of entertainment themes from the longest continuous civilization in the world."

With the opening of the first phase now planned for mid-2018, the heart of Resorts World Las Vegas will be a 1,000-room hotel tower, which will eventually grow to four towers with a combined 3,000 rooms and suites. The size and nature of the phase one meeting facilities are not yet clear, but a 4,000-seat theater is planned, and a 1 million-square-foot convention center is scheduled for a later stage of development.

Initial amenities are expected to include a 100,000-square-foot casino, which will grow in later phases; a "retail village" with more than 15 outlets; an aquarium; an observation deck with a view down the Strip; and approximately 30 dining and nightlife facilities, as well as a main bar featuring live entertainment and a main showroom. Future additions reportedly include a water park, a movie theater complex, a bowling alley, and a "new, still-to-be-determined large-scale attraction." Considering Resorts World Sentosa, which is located in crowded Singapore, is home to a 49-acre Universal Studios theme park, that shouldn't be overlooked.

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This article appears in the August 2015 issue of Successful Meetings.