Singapore’s first Integrated Resort, Resorts World Sentosa, will start its phased opening from 20 Jan 2010, beginning with its four hotels opening on the same red-letter day.
Chairman of the Genting Group and Resorts World Sentosa Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay said, “When the Genting Group won the bid to build Resorts World Sentosa in December 2006, we promised Singapore that we will deliver a true IR that will make Singapore and Singaporeans proud. We have been single-minded about this – no distractions or excuses - and today, we are happy to say we marked the first milestone towards delivering on that promise.’’
Resorts World Sentosa began operations at two of its four hotels this week, celebrating with a lion dance and ribbon-cutting by the wives of Genting Group’s late founder and its current chairman: Puan Sri Lim Goh Tong and Puan Sri Cecilia Lim respectively. Employees and their families are the resort’s main guests before the hotels’ public opening.
The phased schedule allows the resort and its 10,000 employees to run in operations and deliver the expected guest experience, said Resorts World Sentosa’s chief executive Tan Hee Teck.
He said, “We thank the team of agencies and government officials who have been working tirelessly to get us where we are today. We also have a top-class team of staffers, architects, consultants and contractors who pushed relentlessly to make this Resort open not only on time, but ahead of schedule. Partners who have visited are often surprised by the effort we have put into each of our attractions, each hotel, each performance. We concluded our first public event ChildAid in December with a bang. Today, we have taken it forward: We are getting ready to welcome our first visitors, and we look forward to their feedback to help us improve.”
Resorts World Sentosa’s four hotels - Festive Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Crockfords Tower and Hotel Michael – offer a combined inventory of 1,350 rooms and 10 restaurant outlets at their opening. Another two hotels at the Resort, Equarius Hotel and Spa Villas, will add another 500 rooms when they launch after 2010.
Room and restaurant reservations begin at 10:00 on Monday, 11 Jan 2010 on hotline +65 6577 8899.
Resorts World Sentosa is working closely with the authorities to obtain approvals for Universal Studios Singapore, which will open next. The opening date for the casino is expected to be confirmed when it gets notice of its casino licence.