Resorts World Las Vegas to open today

By Peter Lynch

Genting Group will open its $4.3bn Resorts World Las Vegas resort later today.

Resorts World Las Vegas is the most expensive resort ever developed in the US gambling capital and, covering almost 88 acres, is the biggest new property on the Strip in over ten years.

The resort will feature 3,500 hotel rooms and suites, one of the world’s biggest LED screens on one of its towers, and a 5,000 seat theatre. 

Malaysian casino operator Genting has partnered with Hilton Worldwide to establish the resort, with the new attraction aiming to provide a major boost for Las Vegas.

While tourists are returning to the area, visitor numbers remain well below 2019 levels, with such figures dropping by over 50% last year amid the height of the pandemic. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, visitor numbers rose by over 15% between March and April 2021, but are over 27% lower than the same period in 2019.

Resorts World Las Vegas stands on the former site of the Stardust Resort and Casino, which was the largest hotel in the world when it opened in 1958, before being demolished in 2007. Genting bought the site in 2013 after a failed project by a previous owner, with the opening of the new resort delayed on several occasions due to issues such as design changes.

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