$4B Resorts World Las Vegas project crosses hurdle - 8 News NOW

$4B Resorts World Las Vegas project crosses hurdle

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LAS VEGAS  -- Nevada gambling regulators have recommended a gaming license for a Malaysian conglomerate that hopes to build a $4 billion Asian-themed resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

The recommendation for Genting Berhad came Wednesday at a Nevada Gaming Control Board meeting. The matter must also pass through the Nevada Gaming Commission later this month.

Genting officials say they plan to break ground this year on Resorts World Las Vegas, which would incorporate 80 percent to 85 percent of the buildings in the stalled Echelon project on the tourism corridor's less-traveled north end.

The front facade of Resorts World Las Vegas is designed to look like a Chinese village. Outside, red will be a dominant color.

"We're creating an entertainment destination. We want to give people a new reason to come to Las Vegas, a great reason to come back, and it's not about one or two attractions, but it's about several." said Christian Goode, the CFO and senior vice president of development at Genting.

Goode joined other top executives at the control board, revealing new details about this high-end property.

Phase one will contain 3,000 hotel rooms, 3,500 table games and slot machines and a gaming floor larger than others in Las Vegas.

"We want people to feel comfortable. We don't want people to feel packed in. This isn't herding cattle, but rather people to come in an enjoy themselves," Goode said.

Resorts World Las Vegas will include intricate gardens that will feature entertainment. A large aquarium, sky casino, and observation deck are also in the works on the 87-acre site.

Las Vegas always reinvents itself.  The Stardust rocketed to success, glowing for 48 years on the Strip, and now Resorts World Las Vegas hopes to help Las Vegas soar into the next generation.

"We're hopeful that we're the engine that does that for the 2010s and 2020," Goode said.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)
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