GENTING Malaysia Bhd’s RM10 billion tourism plan for its iconic highlands resort will not involve any space expansion for casino operations, said chairman and chief executive Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay.
“We would start to ‘soft open’ part of it at the end of this year, and progressively roll everything out next year. There will be a new gaming venue but no expansion.”
The Genting Integrated Tourism Plan (GITP) is a 10-year master plan launched in December 2013 to redevelop Resorts World Genting. Lim said while the total area for gaming will not increase, this does not necessarily mean no additional facilities.
“We will see. If you can fit more tables into the same space, why not?” Among the GITP highlights include the RM2 billion Twentieth Century Fox World theme park, the Sky Avenue shopping mall and Genting Premium Outlets as well as increased theme park rides.
The expansion will create 7,000 new jobs at the resort, as well as require new power sub-stations and water treatment plants to cater for future growth.
Phase 2 will see the construction of more luxury hotels as well as a show arena with a seating capacity of up to 10,000.