Malaysia-based Genting Group broke ground on the long-awaited Resorts World Las Vegas this week, a China-themed megaresort on the North side of the Las Vegas Strip. The resort will be built on the long-dormant site of the former Boyd Gaming Echelon development, which stalled during the economic downturn of 2008. Genting purchased the site in 2013. The resort, which will open in mid-2018, will include three hotels; a number of restaurants featuring authentic regional Chinese cuisine; more than 100,000 square feet of gaming space; retail establishments, and a nightclub. Additional details will be released as construction progresses. Previous documents from Genting indicated plans for a 1 million-square-foot convention center in later construction phases.