Resorts World Vegas hopes to have Musk-designed transport system in place for its 2021 opening

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Construction continues on Resorts World, scheduled to open in summer 2021.
Construction continues on Resorts World, scheduled to open in summer 2021.

Resorts World Las Vegas, the $4.3 billion resort on the Strip scheduled to open in the summer of 2021, is hopeful that a new Elon Musk-designed underground transport system will be ready at that time to whisk visitors from the complex to the Las Vegas Convention Center in under two minutes.

Plans were submitted to Clark County on June 1 for a station and tunnel through which passengers would be transported to and from the convention center in self-driving, all-electric Tesla vehicles.

A second tunnel, this one linking the convention center with the Wynn and Encore resorts, is also being planned.

The tunnels would be funded by Resorts World and Wynn, and users will be charged a fee, which has yet to be determined, to use the service.

"The proposed Resorts World Las Vegas passenger station would provide convention guests and visitors with a rapid and seamless experience between the Las Vegas Convention Center and Resorts World Las Vegas," said Scott Sibella, Resorts World president.

"Convention guests would no longer have to worry about long walks or gridlock traffic around the convention center," he said. "They could take the transportation system to Resorts World Las Vegas for lunch, meetings or personal appointments and be back to their conference or expo in minutes," he said.

Neither tunnel will directly connect to the Convention Center Loop, the first commercial endeavor for Musk's Boring Co. The Loop is designed to transport convention attendees across the center's 200-acre campus.

The Loop, with its 62 vehicles each able to hold up to 16 passengers, hopes to launch in time for CES 2021 in January. When unveiling the project, the Boring Co. said it ultimately planned to build out the tunnel system through the resort corridor, with stops at Allegiant Stadium and McCarran Airport.

Meanwhile, construction continues at the 88-acre Resorts World site on the Las Vegas Strip. Testing of what will be a 100,000-square-foot West Tower LED screen and 19,000-square-foot East Tower LED screen has drawn a lot of attention in the past few weeks. The resort is also planning a video globe that will be 50 feet in diameter and will display more than 6,000 square feet of content.

Earlier this year, Resorts World Las Vegas and Hilton announced a partnership to bring three of Hilton's premium brands together for the first time.

The partnership, Hilton's largest multibrand deal in its history, will include Hilton Hotels & Resorts, LXR and Conrad. The 3,500-room resort will also be part of Hilton Honors, the guest-loyalty program for the company's 18 brands.

Resorts World and Hilton officials said they are working on "bringing back the essence of the Las Vegas Hilton, once the largest hotel in the world and synonymous with gaming, conventions and entertainment in Las Vegas."

Hilton operated the off-Strip International, which opened in 1969 as the largest hotel in the world, from 1971 to 2012. It became LVH and is now Westgate. Resorts World Las Vegas, being developed by Genting Berhad, would mark the Hilton brand's return to the Las Vegas market.

In addition to two resort towers and a 117,000-square-foot casino, Resorts World is planning a 5,000-seat theater; 350,000 square feet of meetings and convention space; 220,000-square-foot pool complex; a 27,000-square-foot spa and fitness center; and casual and fine-dining food and beverage options.

This story was updated with the correct square footage of the planned Resorts World casino.

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