New Upstate casino gets a name befitting its surroundings

  • Montreign Resort Casino project to open as Resorts World Catskills
  • Fourth Upstate casino will be the region’s largest gambling venue

Upstate New York will welcome a fourth casino next year when the Resorts World Catskills opens its doors for the first time.

Resorts World Catskills will be the new name for this $1 billion upstate casino. Picture: Empire Resorts
Resorts World Catskills will be the new name for this $1 billion upstate casino. Picture: Empire Resorts

The 18-story casino hotel is currently under construction at a site close to Monticello, and once completed it will become the largest casino built in the area since the state’s Gaming Commission approved seven new licenses.

Casino’s name change revealed

The $1 billion casino project broke ground under the working name of Montreign Resort Casino. However, owners Empire Resorts has opted to reveal a new name for the casino resort, which reflects the local connection more strongly.

The Resorts World Catskills pays homage to the mountains among which it sits, and demonstrates a commitment by the casino to show support to its neighboring community.

Road to economic recovery

The Catskills’ region has been well known for tourism and entertainment in the past, and used to house a number of resorts and venues. While many resorts are now abandoned, the Resorts World Catskills is taking on the former Concord Hotel site.

The plans for the casino include a 391-room hotel, an entertainment village and a host of dining venues. An indoor water park is also planned for the site, developers have confirmed.

The approval of the new casinos by the state of New York is part of a wider plan to improve areas that have suffered from economic losses.

The Resorts World Catskills and the other three upstate casinos all serve the same purpose – to inject life back into these run-down districts and to attract fresh business and tourism that can boost the overall economy.

Owner Empire already has interests in the area through their ownership of the Monticello Raceway; it is hoped this new venture will enhance the company’s influence over the area and provide some much-needed energy and footfall for the resort town.

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