The development of one of the most impactful real estate projects in Florida history took an important step forward today when Resorts World Miami assumed the ownership of the Omni Center and introduced its President. The acquisition of the Omni Center, inclusive of the 527-room Hilton Hotel, 2,500 space car park, 300,000 square feet of offices, and 600,000 square feet of decorator ready retail, is the first stage of development for the $3.8 billion Resorts World Miami project, which will soon rise on 30 acres of prime land in downtown Miami.
The hotel, office, retail and parking acquisition comes as Florida legislators contemplate the proposed Destination Resorts Act, which will open the door to billions of dollars in new investment, create up to 100,000 new jobs, and reform casino gaming in the state.
“With over 350 employees, Resorts World Miami is starting to become a reality. These employees are the first of the 19,000 employees to be employed if and when the Destination Resort Act is passed and Resorts World Miami secures one of the three destination resort licenses,” said Christian Goode, the newly-named President of Resorts World Miami. “We will now work with local officials, business and civic leaders, and urban planning and architecture experts to ensure Resorts World Miami complements Miami’s existing business landscape and the state’s expansive tourism infrastructure. Beyond the significant job growth and billions in inbound investment spurred by destination resorts, these projects will further enhance Florida’s standing as a global destination.”
Christian Goode will oversee all aspects of development, construction, and operations for Resorts World Miami. He most recently served as Chief Financial Officer for the $880 million Resorts World New York City project, which created thousands of construction and permanent jobs and welcomed 65,000 patrons during its opening weekend last month.
The 30-acre project has been designed by Miami-based architecture and planning firm Arquitectonica, becoming the first proposed destination resort to be designed in Florida and serving as a catalyst for the statewide initiative to pass the Destination Resort Act. The resort represents a $3.8 million investment that is projected to create tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs while drawing millions of new tourists and generating hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue for the state of Florida.
Plans include four new hotels with more than 5,000 rooms and two residential towers featuring up to 1,000 units; a luxury retail galleria; a 3.6 acre rooftop lagoon and natural sand beach; more than 50 restaurants, lounges, bars and nightclubs; a high-tech multimedia entertainment area showcasing the music and culture of Florida and South America; and 700,000 square feet of convention and meeting space.
Resorts World Miami will help develop the three-mile BayWalk, which highlights a 150-acre leisure and entertainment area in downtown Miami beginning at the Miami River and running north to Margaret Pace Park. The Baywalk will link Bayfront Park, Bayside Market Place, American Airlines Arena, Museum Park, the under-development Miami Art Museum, the new Miami Science Museum currently under design, and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
The Resorts World Group has a 25-year track record of investing in the United States. Its business in Florida started 12 years ago when it acquired Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) and spent $5 billion building eight new ships which transformed NCL into the youngest and most innovative cruise line. Resorts World Group currently owns 50% of NCL. Resorts World partnered with Universal Studios to build and open the $5.5 billion Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore, which includes a Universal Studios theme park. Within a year, Resorts World Sentosa became the world’s most successful Destination Resort.
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