LAS VEGAS (AP) — The developer of a sprawling Asian-themed casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip says the property is expected to open by early 2018 on the former site of the Stardust Hotel.
Officials from Malaysia-based Genting Group broke ground Tuesday afternoon on Resorts World Las Vegas on the 88-acre site next to Circus Circus, signaling the start of construction.
Genting Group first promised a 2016 opening when it bought the site in 2013 for $350 million from Boyd Gaming.
Boyd Gaming had partially built its proposed Echelon casino-hotel on the site before it stopped construction in 2008 as the economic downturn took hold.
Plans for the $4 billion Resorts World have included a few thousand rooms and a panda habitat.