RWNYC Continues its Month-Long Extravaganza, Marking the Year of the Dragon with Captivating Performances, Traditional Ceremonies, and Community Initiatives 


Queens, NY (February 16, 2024) – Resorts World New York City (RWNYC) ushered in the Lunar New Year this past weekend, with an array of celebrations to mark the Year of the Dragon. Captivating guests with a month-long cultural extravaganza full of performances and exclusive giveaways, RWNYC is honoring one of the most significant celebrations in Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures throughout the month of February.

“Twelve years ago, we welcomed in the Year of the Dragon during our first Lunar New Year at Resorts World New York City,” said Robert DeSalvio, President of Genting America’s East. “All I can say is what a difference 12 years makes. Resorts World New York City has become an entertainment destination here in Queens, thanks to a combination of our best-in-class gaming and amenities along with our strong community partnerships. We’ve enjoyed such a rich relationship with our Asian American and Pacific Islander neighbors and this is an exciting opportunity to celebrate this amazing community.”

To celebrate Lunar New Year, RWNYC participated in the Lunar New Year Float Parade on Main Street in Flushing on February 10th, which presented a colorful display of cultural pride. The pinnacle celebration, the Blessing Ceremony Lion Dance, took place on Sunday, February 11th, followed by a unique opportunity for guests to receive “Lucky Money” from the Fortune God later that day.

The performance began in the Hyatt Grand Hotel Lobby, followed by an eye-dotting ceremony hosted by senior leadership of RWNYC. District Attorney Melinda Katz, State Sens. Leroy Comrie and Joseph Addabbo, Assembly Members Alicia Hyndman and Stefani Zinerman, Council Member Joann Ariola, and Flushing Chinese Business Association Executive Director Peter Tu were in attendance for the festivities.

The month-long festivities commenced with a Pre-Lunar New Year Flower Market on February 3rd and 4th, featuring over 40 vendors offering an array of flowers, symbolic Chinese decorations, and dry foods, and more. Attendees were treated to performances, including traditional dance and Chinese opera, highlighted by a special appearance from acclaimed Hong Kong TVB actor, Mr. Q Bobo.


RWNYC has also transformed its grand lobby into a festive masterpiece adorned with traditional Lunar New Year decorations, including dragons, lanterns, gold coins, and peach blossom trees symbolizing prosperity, good fortune, happiness, and popularity. The Red Wall Art Gallery will also feature Chinese calligraphy by esteemed artists including Henry Chen, Guohui Yao of the New York Chinese Cultural Art Association, and Howard Lin of Flushing Chinese Business Association.

These celebrations will carry into this weekend, when Resorts World Catskills (RWC) and Resorts World Hudson Valley (RWHV) celebrate the Year of the Dragon. RWC’s Lion Dance will kick off at 12 p.m. on Sunday, February 18th, after which the performance will travel to RWHV for a similar celebration at 3 p.m.

About Resorts World New York City

Resorts World New York City (RWNYC) is the Big Apple’s only casino-hotel and has generated more than $4 billion for the State’s public education system since 2011. RWNYC fulfills the decades-long mission to turn the historic Aqueduct Racetrack into a gaming destination with approximately 6,500 slot machines and electronic table gaming. An average 8 million guests pass through RWNYC’s doors annually, where they enjoy an extraordinary gaming, entertainment, and dining experience. In 2021, the 400-room Hyatt Regency JFK Airport hotel at Resorts World New York City opened its doors — bringing the total investment at the site to $1.1 billion. Guests can choose from several dining options including the recently reopened RW Prime and Good Friends Noodle House. RWNYC is operated by the Genting Group, a global company founded in 1965, with destination resorts in the Catskills, Hudson Valley, Las Vegas, Bimini, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. Genting has more than 50 years of experience in the travel and leisure industry and collectively employs approximately 47,000 people while offering an unparalleled resort experience to over 50 million visitors a year worldwide.