Genting Group Breaks Ground on $4 Billion, Asian-Themed Resorts World Las Vegas

Las Vegas-watchers have grown a little jaded in recent years, given a string of high-profile projects which have made grand promises but faltered or failed to materialize at all.

Now, another massive project has broken ground and all eyes are on Genting Group and its sprawling Resorts World Las Vegas. Genting broke ground on Resorts World on May 5, 2015.

Resorts World Las Vegas

The completed Resorts World Las Vegas will be 21,847,314 square feet, mainly because that square footage just has a nice ring to it.

Genting Group was founded in 1965 and operates resorts in Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the U.K, the Bahamas and the U.S. The company is also a major shareholder of Norwegian Cruise Line.

Let’s take a quick look the possible future of the Las Vegas Strip. It looks like Sin City’s ball is about to drop!

The Resorts World Las Vegas groundbreaking was accompanied by speakers speaking, politicians politicianing and Chinese lions lioning.

The groundbreaking hoopla was accompanied by renderings of Resorts World Las Vegas we haven’t seen before, including this one of the casino.

Resorts World Las Vegas

Happily, the Asian theme in the casino avoids being too on-the-nose or cheesy. For the win.

Resorts World will be built on the site of the former Stardust, this blog’s all-time favorite casino, and even the potential of a panda habitat (no, really) at Resorts World is unlikely to change that.

Resorts World Las Vegas

Because it’s Asian-themed! Look, we’re just spitballing here.

Resorts World is next to Circus Circus, but don’t hold that against it. Resorts World is being built on the site of the abandoned Echelon project.

Construction on Echelon was stopped in 2008 due to the economic downturn, not to mention a fair amount of what’s commonly called “bone-headedness.”

Resorts World Las Vegas

The current Resorts World Las Vegas site. In other words, the “before” shot.

If Resorts World becomes a reality (because, again, groundbreakings are the easy part), the expansive destination will feature 3,000 rooms in its first phase, as well as 3,500 table games and slots.

Here’s another view of the finished product.

Resorts World Las Vegas

Gorgeous pool area! Because if Las Vegas has too much of anything, it’s water.

The resort will also presumably boast an indoor water park, aquarium, outdoor amphitheater (lower right, above), Chinese gardens (below, possibly), a bowling alley, observation deck, a 4,000-seat theater and a Panda Express.

Just wanted to make sure you’re still paying attention.

Resorts World Las Vegas

Seriously, Genting, don’t screw around with us. Let’s make this happen, thanks.

Resorts World is slated to open in 2018.

Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn described that 2018 opening timeline “ambitious.” Then again, what would Steve Wynn know about building Las Vegas resorts?

Find out more on the official Resorts World Las Vegas site.

6 thoughts on “Genting Group Breaks Ground on $4 Billion, Asian-Themed Resorts World Las Vegas

  1. Misslaydj

    It looks great!! I love seeing new things pop up. (here comes folks compaining about all the drug stores i love it all) i love the bonheaded- ness


    Well, as you say, groundbreaking is the easy part, but here we go with the latest idea to “save” the north strip. They’re clearly trying to reel in the massive Asian tourist crowd, but I dunno, if I was an Asian tourist coming to America would I want to be surrounded by constant reminders of home?

    1. Scott Roeben

      We’re on the same page here. Who is the audience? Do Americans or international travelers want to stay in an Asian-themed hotel? And why would an Asian want to? I travel to try something different and I trust Asian travelers want to try something uniquely American. Like the Paris or Luxor. “)

      1. Kevin McShane

        The same reason Mexicans eat at Taco Bell or Chinese eat at Panda Express…… people are drawn to what they know.

  3. Chuck in Richmond

    You know there is quite a bit of difference between the first picture (early
    proposal) and the most recent picture. Great China Wall is much smaller now and
    moved to front of property. Water park now replaces large structure in middle
    of project. Buildings in center facing strip are totally different.

    While looking at the picture of the old Echelon structures followed by the next
    rendering, you can see they are planning to build on the remnants of the Echelon
    project. So was the old Morgan’s Hotel structure designed to support a
    super high rise structure like the one proposed? I fear a Harmon part

    1. Scott Roeben

      Great insights, and while they’ll be integrating structure, it didn’t get very far, so they’ll largely be doing it from the ground up. Let’s hope there are no more Harmons, ever!


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