The biggest unfinished casino project on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip is back on track to be completed by early 2019, as Resorts World Las Vegas will start construction up again in the last three months of this year. The $4 billion Chinese-themed hotel-casino resort broke ground in 2015 with hopes of Sportsbook in 2018 near the location of the old Stardust before construction halted due to economic struggles abroad.
The Malaysian Genting Group is the developer behind Resorts World, buying the 87-acre site from Boyd Gaming at a cost of $350 million in 2013. Boyd’s original plan for the area was to build Echelon Place after imploding the Stardust in 2007. However, a downturn in the U.S. economy starting in 2008 suspended that project before Genting stepped in to purchase the land and beginnings of what was another $4 billion resort.
Resorts World Las Vegas currently touts over 100,000 square feet of gaming space along with 3,500 rooms spread across multiple hotel towers geared toward the Chinese gambler. Other proposed features include a panda exhibit, indoor water park and a garden attraction, all unique enough to bring in both Asian and domestic tourists.
Another Chinese-themed hotel-casino called the Lucky Dragon is scheduled to open by the end of 2016 just north of Resorts World Las Vegas on Sahara Avenue, giving Asians one more choice nearby as that end of the Strip continues its makeover. The Macau-style casino will offer authentic Chinese, Japanese and Korean dining options and focus on those nationalities first with signage and menus in their languages yet will also be available in English. A 27,500-square-foot casino and 200-room hotel make the Lucky Dragon much smaller but more intimate than Resorts World Las Vegas.
The SLS Hotel & Casino changed the landscape of the north end of the Strip in 2014 when it opened, replacing the Sahara, which closed its doors in 2011. Rather than imploding the Sahara, the SLS (meaning Style, Luxury and Service) renovated the old property with a $415 million conversion project, creating a 1,720-room hotel and 85,000 square feet of gaming space in addition to four nightclubs and seven restaurants.