1. CityCenter is further along in terms of construction
2. Dubai World is a 50% partner and probably doesn’t want its billions in capital sitting in a dormant project
3. CityCenter has contracts for what it expects to be $2.7bn in residential sales within CityCenter. Millions of dollars of deposits have been received and would have to be refunded. Echelon does not contain a residential component.
This is a smart move by BYD and helps the supply situation a bit. However, let’s not get too excited about MGM following a similar path.