Genting wins casino licence
By YEOW POOI LING
SINGAPORE: Genting International-Star Cruises Consortium has won the Singapore government’s approval for the proposed Resorts World at Sentosa, a casino resort which will be home to the region’s first Universal Studios theme park.
The park will also include DreamWorks Digital Animation Studios.
“We are extremely delighted to have been chosen and are very excited and honoured to be entrusted with the great task of taking Singapore’s tourism sector to the next level,” said Genting International plc and Star Cruises chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay in a statement yesterday.
The Genting group beat two other contenders – Bahamas-based Kerzner International, which teamed up with Singapore property developer CapitaLand, and Las Vegas firm Eighth Wonder, which led the consortium of Australia’s Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd, Hong Kong’s Melco International Development Ltd and Isle of Capri Casinos Inc.
Resorts World at Sentosa, which will be launched by early 2010 and dubbed Asia’s most “mesmerising” family resort, will welcome families with a dazzling array of leisure, entertainment, learning and discovery experiences, the statement said.
The world’s largest oceanarium, Quest Marine Life Park, will provide visitors with interactive experiences to learn about, and discover, the life of marine creatures and the need for ocean conservation, while Equarius Water Park will incorporate the latest water theme park technology, nestled under Sentosa’s forest.
The Maritime Xperiential Museum, the only museum in the world dedicated to the maritime heritage of Asia, will engage visitors’ five senses to re-tell the fascinating history of the Asian maritime Silk Route. It will also feature Asia’s first marine genomics research and learning centre, which will be set up by Dr. J. Craig Venter, a pioneer and leading expert in the field.
The resort will offer six world-class hotels with a combined 1,830 rooms as well as house the region’s first fully integrated wellness spa, which will be operated by luxury spa operator ESPA, the Genting statement added.
Source : STAR
Additional Reporting : Genting in for re-rating
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