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Genting Malaysia may delay launch of SkyWorlds theme park

Genting Malaysia Bhd may delay the opening of Genting SkyWorlds as it is “working towards” completion in the third quarter of 2021.

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Genting Malaysia Bhd recently released a first-look video of Genting SkyWorlds, an outdoor theme park opening at Resorts World Genting (RWG).

The group revealed in February that it was “putting the finishing touches” to Genting SkyWorlds, which it still hoped to open in the second quarter of 2021.

However, Genting Malaysia is now “working towards” the completion of the attraction “in the third quarter of 2021” due to COVID-19, reports GGRAsia.

Genting Malaysia released a statement alongside its Q1 earnings that said “the group continues to work towards the completion of the Genting SkyWorlds outdoor theme park in the third quarter of 2021”.

Genting SkyWorlds completion set for Q3

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The company said the “opening date of the park is dependent on developments surrounding the COVID-19 situation and its impact to the leisure and hospitality sector in the country”.

Genting Malaysia has invested more than $800m in Genting SkyWorlds. Last year, the group revised the delayed opening of its outdoor theme park from Q4 2021 to Q2 2021.

According to Inside Asian Gaming, Genting Malaysia reported a loss of $121 million for the three months to March 31, 2021, which follows a loss of $110 million during the same period last year.

“In Malaysia, the imposition of a third Movement Control Order (MCO 3.0) nationwide will continue to adversely impact the group’s business following the temporary closure of RWG’s casino operations from 24 May 2021,” said Genting.

Genting Malaysia park delay due to COVID-19

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“The group will continue to assess its operating structure to align its cost base to the challenging operating and business environment.”

Genting SkyWorlds boasts nine lands – Eagle Mountain, Central Park, Liberty Lane, Robots Rivet Town, Andromeda Base, Ice Age, Studio Plaza, Epic, and Rio.

The destination features 26 rides and attractions, including roller coasters and water rides, across 26 acres, as well as special F&B.

Genting Malaysia previously reached a settlement agreement with 21st Century Fox and the Walt Disney Company, resolving a dispute over Genting SkyWorlds.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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