Posted on: Oct 14, 2020, 2:08 a.m.
Last update on: October 15, 2020, 02:04 am.
This week, Malaysian company Genting Americas announced plans to build a $ 400 million hotel at its Resorts World Casino in New York City.
The hotel will be managed by the neighboring Hyatt Regency. The casino is adjacent to the historic Aqueduct Racecourse in Queens, near John F. Kennedy International Airport. The four-star, eight-story hotel is slated to open in 2021 with 400 rooms. It will include restaurants, conference and meeting spaces, and play areas.
With some local hotels mostly empty due to the pandemic, the new Hyatt Regency’s proximity to JFK Airport could be a plus for Resorts World, according to the New York Post.
Genting’s strong global ties – particularly in Asia – could help attract more customers from JFK Airport to its casino complex ”, according to the newspaper.
Resorts World Casino New York City opened in October 2011. It is the only casino in one of New York’s five boroughs. Jake’s 58 Hotel Casino on Long Island is located outside of the New York City limits. Empire City Casino is located on the drawbar in Yonkers, just north of the Bronx.
New York State is home to four commercial casinos and eight racetracks that only offer video games. These racetracks are called “racinos”.
New York casinos reopen
As coronavirus cases began to skyrocket in March, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) ordered the shutdown of all non-essential businesses, including casinos. Health officials feared crowds crowded into enclosed spaces could spread the virus.
The governor authorized the casinos to reopen on September 9 at 25% of their capacity. Other mandatory security measures include physical barriers to table games and masks for guests and employees.
Michael Kane, executive director of the New York Gaming Association, said Casino.org some properties needed more time to reopen to ensure that security measures, such as plexiglass barriers, were installed.
Empire City Casino at Harness in Yonkers was the last resort to reopen. It resumed operations on September 21.
Busy sports betting
This week Justin Moore, general manager of Rivers Casino in Schenectady, said the resort’s bookie business has been doing well since the reopening. Schenectady is located in upstate New York, approximately 22 miles northwest of Albany.
Last Sunday our bookmaker was the busiest we have seen since it reopened, and the numbers correspond to last year ”, Moore told WRGB-TV in Albany.
Alex Tucker, general manager of Saratoga Casino, told the TV station that people’s habits have changed since the start of the pandemic. The casino is approximately 34 miles north of Albany.
“To be closed for more than six months is a very long time,” Tucker said. “People are finding other things to do with their time.”
However, other customers are returning to the resort, he said.
“Our most loyal guests, the patrons who visit the facility quite often, have come back very strong,” said Tucker.