The $1.2 billion Resorts World Catskills opened its doors on February 8, expanding the Genting brand in the U.S., even though the Malaysian company missed out on a license for its own property in New York State. The project, which is the biggest of four new resorts in the upstate area, will be the first IR in the U.S. to carry the Genting name. The company has been pushing hard to penetrate the North American market, though with mixed results.
Since entering the US market in 2011 with the launch of Resorts World New York City, Genting Group has made a number of major investments in the country, indicative of an operator intent on becoming a major player in the market. These projects add up to a serious statement of intent in the U.S. from Genting Malaysia Berhad, the subsidiary which runs the Group’s U.S. casino business, even if a number of question marks remain over the particulars of its various interests.
Genting Malaysia, the country’s only casino operator, is ramping up preparation works as it prepares to begin rolling out the first stages of its RM10.38 billion ($2.46 billion) Genting Integrated Tourism Plan in the second half of this year. The company, which has said that it expects the economic environment to be challenging in 2016, is forecast to open its Sky Avenue & Sky Plaza shopping malls, and a new cable car station progressively by the end of the year. However, its much touted Twentieth Century Fox World theme park has been delayed to late 2017. The plan is still seen as the main catalyst for growth at the company as its overseas operations face headwinds.
The summer of 2015 will go down in the history books as a starkly turbulent period for China. The Asian powerhouse’s economy has stumbled, with trillions of dollars wiped off Chinese shares after a series of stomach-churning plunges.Yet despite these economic woes, analysts don’t expect the outbound investment, which has been targeting hotel and leisure projects across the globe, to take a significant knock.