"We are extremely delighted to have been chosen and are very excited and honored to be entrusted with the great task of taking Singapore's tourism sector to the next level," Lim Kok Thay, chairman of Genting International and Star Cruises, said in a statement. "It will change the face of tourism in the region. We are confident that by 2010, Resorts World at Sentosa will attract 15 million visitors."
The plan includes six hotels — one designed by American architect Michael Graves — with more than 1,800 rooms. Genting also promises a 20-acre marine park, including a whale shark lagoon.
Resorts World at Sentosa will also include a Universal Studios theme park — the second in Asia — with 22 attractions, 16 designed specifically for Singapore and an animation studio. The Universal Studios park will take up roughly half of the site.
The resort will have meeting facilities, retail stores and a 1,600-seat theater for a resident show produced by some members of the creative team behind Cirque du Soleil.