Resorts World Las Vegas gets regulatory OK to open June 24

Malaysia-based owner of one of the biggest casino projects ever on the Las Vegas Strip won regulatory approval Thursday to deal cards, roll dice and welcome gamblers when Resorts World Las Vegas opens on June 24.
With praise for the USD4.3 billion development and the boost it could provide in a pandemic-battered economy, the Nevada Gaming Commission granted licenses to Genting Group, based in Kuala Lumpur, and its publicly traded subsidiary, Genting Malaysia Berhad.
“We look forward to seeing it open and running,” Commission Chairman John Moran Jr. said after the unanimous vote.
Scott Sibella, president of Resorts World Las Vegas, said the project six years in construction was being completed “on time and on budget.”
“We want to be the most sophisticated, state-of-art casino in the world,” Sibella declared as he spoke about technological advances built 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 restaurant and convention areas and a ventilation system Sibella said was designed to produce “the best air quality money can buy.”
By videoconference, Genting Chairman Kok Thay Lim traced the company history to his father opening a 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 United Kingdom.
The Las Vegas resort will be its biggest in the U.S., where Resorts World operates a casino at Aqueduct Racetrack in the New York borough of Queens and is scheduled to open an 18-story casino hotel called Resorts World Catskills later this year in Monticello, New York, about 100 miles northwest of New York City.
“We are on the cusp of opening our latest Resorts World property with 3,500 hotel rooms,” Lim said.
The opening comes as Las Vegas sheds more than a year of person-to-person distancing and mask-wearing rules imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Local lawmakers on Tuesday approved fully reopening stores, shows and restaurants beginning June 1. That will meet Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s goal of allowing 100% capacity at businesses that have reopened in increments after being ordered shut down in March 2020.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board has already approved full occupancy for almost all properties in Las Vegas. Ken Ritter, Las Vegas, MDT/AP

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