Construction has started near the city of Birmingham on Britain’s long-awaited “super casino.”
Genting’s £150 million, 160,000-square-meter Resorts World at the NEC, the country’s sole “regional casino” as it’s formally known under the 2005 Gambling Act, and its largest, could open by 2015 with up to 150 table games and 1,250 unlimited-prize slot machines.
Located next to the LG Arena, its amenities will include a four- to five-star hotel with 176 rooms, a spa, a factory outlet center with 45 shops, a cinema complex and conference and meeting space.
It will be owned and operated by Genting Casinos UK, part of Malaysian conglomerate Genting Group. One of the largest building projects in the Midlands, Resorts World is expected to employ 1,750 workers during construction and 1,100 full-time staff once it’s up and running. Experts say the regional economy will benefit from a £60 million boost during construction and up to £33 million per year after the opening.