Genting Highland is sometimes informally known as the Las Vegas of Malaysia. It is also dubbed the “City of Entertainment”, as it is the only legal land-based casino in the country.
Genting Highlands, also known as Resorts World Genting, is an integrated resort, nestled on a 1,860-meter high mountain peak within the Titiwangsa Mountains on the border between the states of Pahang and Selangor. Developed by Genting Group, it was opened to the public in 1971. In 2006, the resort had 18.4 million visitors or an average of 50,000 visitors a day.
Resorts World Genting is run by Genting Malaysia Berhad (formerly known as Resorts World Bhd), a subsidiary of Genting Group. The idea of creating an integrated mountain resort near Kuala Lumpur was first mooted by the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong in 1964. Presently, the resort is run by his son, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, who is also the current President and CEO of Star Cruises company.
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Genting Highlands is one hour away from Kuala Lumpur by car. It is also accessible by the 3.38-km Genting Skyway cable car system which, when opened, was the world’s fastest cable car system and Southeast Asia’s longest.
Genting Highlands Resort features two theme parks, a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, a wind-turbine sky-diving simulator, golf courses, and shopping malls. It also features many hotels owned by Genting subsidiaries, including Awana Genting, First World Hotel, Genting Hotel, Highlands Hotel, Resort Hotel and Theme Park Hotel. Facilities in this resort include In 2006, 2007, and 2008, Guinness World Records listed the First World Hotel as the world’s largest hotel with a total of 6,118 rooms. Genting Highlands is also home to a 100-million year old forest