LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — The pomp and circumstance were on full display Thursday night to welcome the Las Vegas Strip's first new casino-hotel in more than a decade.
Resorts World Las Vegas opened its doors at 11 p.m., culminating a years-long process to find a new property for the location where the famous Stardust once stood.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioners Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Tick Segerblom, U.S. Rep. Dina Titus and other dignitaries and celebrities welcomed the new resort.
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For many, the opening also marks a symbolic turning point in the city's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We're getting better," Sisolak said in a speech Thursday. "We're not finished yet, but we're getting better, and we've got this magnificent property to propel us forward."
Estimated at $4.3 billion, Resorts World is owned by the Malaysia-based Genting Group. Its nightclub and theater are scheduled to open later this year.