RESORTS World Sentosa (RWS) announced on Tuesday that it will start its phased opening from Jan 20, beginning with its four hotels.
The announcement makes it the first integrated resort to open in Singapore.
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.'
RWS began operations at two of its four hotels on Tuesday, celebrating with a lion dance and ribbon-cutting ceremony by the wives of Genting Group's late founder and its current chairman.
Employees and their families are the Resort's main guests before the hotels' public opening.
RWS'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.
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.
RWS is working with the authorities to obtain approvals for Universal Studios Singapore, which will open next. The opening date for the casino will be announced when it gets notice of its casino licence.
Room and restaurant reservations will begin at 10 am on Monday, 11 Jan 2010.
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