Genting’s Malaysian casino closes

by Noah Taylor Last Updated
Genting’s Malaysian casino closes

Genting Group’s Resorts World Genting property will temporarily close all operations effective Thursday, news emerged on Tuesday.

Casino News Daily reports that the integrated resort located in the Genting Highlands, near the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur will remain shuttered until March 31.

News that operations at the property would be temporarily suspended emerged shortly after Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin issued a movement control order in the face of the global coronavirus crisis.

According to a message on Genting Malaysia’s official website, the closure includes Resorts World Genting’s hotels, casinos, food and beverage facilities, entertainment venues, shopping malls and retail outlets, the Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park, and other attractions.

The gaming and hospitality operator said that operations at its resort will resume on April 1.

The company’s message from Monday read that all hotel reservations made for the closure period will be cancelled and that “guests may seek a refund or change their reservation dates.”

The same applies to all reservations made at Genting Malaysia’s Resorts World Awana, Resorts World Kijal and Resorts World Langkawi properties.

Guests who have bought tickets for any of the attractions offered at Resorts World Genting or for any scheduled shows will, too, be refunded.

Genting Malaysia said that all essential services across its resort would remain operational during the two-week closure period.

These include security, utilities and clinics.

As mentioned earlier, news about the closure of Resorts World Genting emerge just a day after Malaysia’s Prime Minister ordered the implementation of strict travel restrictions as the country grapples with the coronavirus spread.

With more than 550 confirmed Covid-19 cases as of Monday, Malaysia is one of the worst affected countries in southeast Asia.

Overseas citizens are prohibited from entering the country and nationals are prohibited from leaving Malaysia and travelling overseas.

All business premises are set to close except markets and shops that supply products for residents’ daily needs.

People are required to maintain social distance to help limit the spread of the dangerous virus and their movement is heavily restricted.

Schools and other institutions are, too, ordered to close.

The Prime Minister said on Monday: “the current situation of this outbreak requires drastic measures to restore the situation as soon as possible.”

Aside from its resort in its homeland, Genting Group has also closed some of its properties in other countries in response to the global coronavirus crisis.

The company’s Resorts World Manila property was shuttered on Sunday after the Philippine gambling regulator ordered the temporary closure of all resorts and other gaming facilities.

Genting focuses on Yokohama project

It has been reported today that integrated resorts developer Genting Singapore has stated that it will focus its efforts and resources in Japan on Yokohama, Japan’s second largest city by population.

Casino Buzz reports that a Genting Singapore spokesperson said: “While Genting Singapore participated in the Osaka RFC; after reviewing and considering shareholder feedback, it did not register for the Osaka RFP, for which registration closed on February 14.”

The government of Japan is set to issue three licences for three integrated resorts in the country.

“Genting Singapore will continue to engage in the ongoing RFC by Yokohama, and focus efforts and resources on delivering a compelling proposal which will make Yokohama a must-visit tourism destination, with particular prominence in MICE and leisure,” the spokesperson said.

Local government ministers in Yokohama announced last week that it would be releasing its draft policy next month and that a period of consultation would follow, with a finalised basic policy expected by June 2020.

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