We're first! Resorts World Sentosa beats Sands to Singapore First Casino resort

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Subject: We're first! Resorts World Sentosa beats Sands to Singapore

The RWS integrated resort starts taking bookings for its four hotels,
and grabs bragging rights on being casino numero uno

In the unofficial but cutthroat race to open Singapore's first
integrated resort, Resorts World Sentosa will begin opening in stages
from January 20, 2010, starting with its four hotels opening on the
same day. It's a long-drawn tussle between the resort and Marina Bay
Sands, which just announced that it is looking to open its casino
resort at the end of March, but is facing delays due to rains,
according to the Wall Street Journal.

It's the first shot in the IR salvo, and in a press statement that
just smacks ever so slightly of gloating, chairman of the Genting
Group and Resorts World Sentosa Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay said, 'We have
been single-minded about the promise to deliver a true IR that will
make Singapore and Singaporeans proud -- no distractions or excuses --
and today, we are happy to say we marked the first milestone towards
delivering on that promise."

As to the opening of the Universal Studios Singapore theme park and
more importantly, the casino license, no details are yet available but
are in the process of approvals.

Resorts World Sentosa has began operations at two of its four hotels,
celebrating with a lion dance and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The four
hotels -- Festive Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Crockfords Tower
and Hotel Michael -- will offer a total of 1,350 rooms and 10
restaurant outlets at the opening, while another two hotels, Equarius
Hotel and Spa Villas, will add another 500 rooms when they launch
after 2010.

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