KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore’s first Integrated Resort (IR), Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), will begin the first day of the Tiger year, on Sunday, Feb 14, with the soft-opening of its casino and a preview opportunity to stroll through the Universal Studios Singapore.
RWS said on its website the casino, will have its first play at an auspicious hour with a private ceremony and welcome its first public guest at 12.18pm.
The casino opening is part of the initial phased opening of Singapore’s first IR that began on Jan 20, 2010 with the opening of its four hotels: Crockfords Tower; Hotel Michael; Festive Hotel; and Hard Rock Hotel Singapore. Its shopping and dining promenade, FestiveWalk, soft-opened on Jan 30, 2010.
Chairman of RWS and the Genting Group, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay said: “In less than three years since the time we broke ground and commenced CONSTRUCTION  for Resorts World Sentosa, we have taken our vision from drawing board to reality. This is a significant milestone in Singapore’s business history. We promised to deliver a true Integrated Resort, and we have not deviated from that.”
RWS CEO Tan Hee Teck said: “We know a lot of Singaporeans are looking forward to the opening of both our major elements, the casino and Universal Studios Singapore. We are ready to soft-open the casino but are still fine-tuning the rides and shows in the theme park, which are still on schedule to open in the first quarter of 2010.
"However, since its Chinese New Year, we decided to offer Singaporeans a week long preview of Universal Studios Singapore with a special and unique first-to-see walk-through opportunity. The theme park’s unique restaurants and shopping venues will be open for guests, although rides and shows will not be operational. However, we are confident that the park’s design, vistas and photo opportunities will truly excite and impress guests and motivate them for return visits when fully operational.”