ALBANY -- The $1.2 billion Resorts World Catskills opens its doors to the public for the first time at 8 a.m. Thursday, making it the largest full-scale Casino in New York and bringing hope that it can revive the region's once robust tourism industry.
But Resorts World is hoping to offer more than another slots parlor, trying to cater to high rollers as well as people seeking a weekend getaway.
“We’re building upon the family-focused thrills and amenities that have made Camelback Resort & Aquatopia a premier destination in the Pocono Mountains,” Arthur Berry III, a co-owner of the new waterpark, said last month.
The selection of Resorts World was a bit of a surprise: The most lucrative plans were considered ones in Orange County, which is even closer to New York City.
There were questions about what would happen to Monticello Raceway with the new casino, but Empire said it will keep it open -- focusing on the local market with its racing and 1,110 video-lottery terminals.
Not only that, Resorts World Catskills is partnering with local vendors and attractions, such as Woodbury Commons outlet mall and the Bethel Woods performing arts center, to expand visitors' experience.
"A significant amount of casino supply already exists within a 200 mile radius of where Resorts World Catskills will be located," Moody's Investor Services said in a report last month.
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