Genting Highlands, otherwise known as Resorts World Genting, is a hill resort located in Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia developed by Genting Group.
The hill resort is at an average elevation of 1,740 metres (5,710 ft) within the Titiwangsa Mountains on the border between the states of Pahang and Selangor of Malaysia. Resorts World Genting is operated by Genting Malaysia Berhad (formerly known as Resorts World Bhd), which also operates Awana chain of resorts & hotels. It is accessible by car from Kuala Lumpur in one hour, or also accessible by two different cable cars : Genting Skyway (3.38 kilometres (2.10 mi)) which at its opening was the world’s fastest and South East Asia’s longest gondola lift, and the newer Awana Skyway.
The idea of a hill resort located near Kuala Lumpur occurred to Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong during a business trip to the Cameron Highlands in 1964. He mooted this idea while enjoying the fresh and crisp air from the balcony of his hotel room. A private company called Genting Highlands Berhad was set up on 27 April 1965, with the late Tan Sri Haji Mohammed Noah bin Omar, Tan Sri Lim successfully obtained approval for the alienation of 12,000 acres (4,900 ha) and 2,800 acres (1,100 ha) of land from the Pahang and Selangor State Government respectively between the years 1965 and 1970. An anomaly happened during the obtaining of the land approvals. While the Pahang state government swiftly approved a freehold lease, the Selangor state reluctantly approved a 99-year lease. As a result, Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong met the then Menteri Besar of Selangor, Dato Harun Idris and told him that a freehold lease would be more feasible than a 99-year lease. Finally, the Selangor state government agreed to grant a freehold lease.
On 18 August 1965, a technical and construction team began the four-year task to complete the access road from Genting Sempah to the peak of Gunung Ulu Kali. On 31 March 1969, the late YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s first Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for the company’s pioneer hotel, marking the completion of the access road to Genting Highlands Resort. The Prime Minister was impressed that the private sector, without the assistance of the Government, could develop a mountain resort for the enjoyment of all Malaysians; subsequently a gaming licence was suggested to help accelerate the development of this remote area.
In 1971, the first hotel at Genting Highlands was successfully completed and was named Highlands Hotel (now renamed Theme Park Hotel). The Genting Highlands Resort continued to expand since the opening of the first hotel in 1971. Development of the area continued with care taken to ensure the maintenance of the natural beauty of the rainforest of the region. In 1997, Genting Highlands Resort added the Genting Skyway cable car system that provides a 3.38 kilometres (2.10 mi) transport to the hilltop. Genting Skyway is also recognised as the “World’s Fastest Mono Cable Car System” with a maximum speed of 21.6 kilometres per hour (13.4 mph) and the “Longest Cable Car in Malaysia and Southeast Asia maybe”.
In 2013, Genting announced a new 1,300 room hotel expansion to the current First World Hotel, a new 10,000 seat arena and reconverting the current theme park to RM1 billion 20th Century Fox World theme park. Originally set to complete by 2016, it has since been delayed by two year, to 2018.
The comprehensive indoor and outdoor theme-park was promoted as the destination for “Fun at The Peak”. The entire resort was subsequently billed; “The City of Entertainment”.Resorts World Genting is the only legal land-based casino, Genting Casino, in the country and is owned by Genting Malaysia Berhad, a subsidiary of Genting Group.
The Genting Outdoor Theme Park has been closed since 1 September 2013 to make way for the world’s first 20th Century Fox World, due to be completed by 2018.
Currently, the First World Indoor Theme Park along side with the First World Plaza which include SnowWorld, Sky Venture, Genting Bowl, Vision City and Funtasy World Video Game Parks have been closed fully on 1 August 2017 until further notice for the new indoor theme park.
Genting Cablr Car
Fly like a bird. Take to the sky. Breathe deeply and enjoy the crisp mountain air. With the Awana Skyway Cable Car, you can enjoy all these! The 2.8 kilometres ride up from Awana Skyway Station to Resorts World Genting is exhilarating and refreshing. You will spot the newly renovated Chin Swee Caves Temple along the way, and the upcoming 20th Century Fox World theme park. Above all, you will enjoy a panoramic view of the 130 million years old rainforest below!
The trip itself takes only 10 minutes as the 99 standard gondolas—including 10 glass-floored ones—move at a top speed of six metres per second. The period of waiting and travelling on the cable car has been reduced drastically compared to the old cable car system. The gondolas transport approximately 3,000 passengers per hour. Passengers embark and disembark at the Awana Skyway Station and the SkyAvenue Station.
Genting Premium Outlets
Genting Highlands Premium Outlets is officially opened! Located just 45 minutes away from downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysians who love shopping can now find more than 150 designers and brand name stores at the premium outlets, according to The Star. Those brands include Adidas, Aiger, Coach, Kate Spade New York, Superdry, Michael Kors and many more!
Although it’s the second premium outlet in Malaysia after Johor Premium Outlets, it’s the first hilltop Premium Outlet Centre in South-East Asia! You guys will definitely be on cloud nine when shopping there! Geddit geddit?