Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the grand opening of the Resorts World Casino in Thompson, New York. The $1.2 billion private investment resort features a 100,000-sf gaming floor, a luxury hotel and multiple dining, retail and entertainment options as part of a larger development project on the site. Resorts World projects the resort and casino to bring in four million visitors per year. Resorts World Casino is the fourth commercial casino to open in New York since voters approved the New York Casino Gambling Amendment in 2013. As of December 2017, the total gaming tax paid to the state was over $106 million.”For generations, the Catskills have served as a recreational and entertainment destination for people across the country,” said Governor Cuomo. “This new resort truly heralds the rebirth of the Catskills, and will serve as an economic driver…for people in the region.”
Governor Cuomo’s Upstate New York Gaming and Economic Development Act of 2013 mandated that all state revenue from Resorts World and the other commercial facilities be returned to localities. Ten percent of the state’s tax revenue from the casino will be split between the town of Thompson and Sullivan County for hosting the facility. Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Orange and Ulster counties will share 10 percent, and the remaining 80 percent of revenue will be distributed statewide to support public education and provide tax relief to New Yorkers.
Resorts World Expected Economic Impact
The 324-room Kartrite Hotel, Indoor Waterpark and spa opens in 2019. In addition, local governments — the town of Thompson, Sullivan County and local school districts and neighboring counties in the gaming region established by the state — will see a significant, positive, direct impact from Resorts World Casino through their share of the casino’s gaming tax payments to the state.
The casino’s gaming floor features 2,151 slot machines, 150 table games and a poker room. In addition, Resorts World Casino guests will also enjoy:
Resorts World Catskills was developed by Empire Resorts, a real estate development company that owns and manages several subsidiaries in the hospitality and gaming industries. The company was awarded a gaming facility license to own and operate the casino in 2015.