Archive for December, 2011

Happy New Year!

December 30th, 2011 | J.C.

Our very best to you this New Year. May it bless you with health, love, friendship, and prosperity. All of us at Las Vegas Sands know how fortunate we are to have such hard-working and ethical team members, such exciting and interesting guests at our hotels, such thoughtful and creative partners and investors. Thank you for helping make us one of the leaders in our industry. During this coming new year, we look forward to continuing our relationship with you, as we know our success depends on your satisfaction and happiness. Our fondest regards to you, and Happy New Year.

Our World Record-Breaking Christmas

December 27th, 2011 | Darcy Martinez

The Sands Foundation was out in full force at this year’s Santa Run to benefit Opportunity Village, a non-profit dedicated to helping people with severe intellectual and related disabilities, helping them realize future career paths, independence, and community integration.

As part of the charity effort, we actually broke a world record: the most runners dressed in Santa suits, beating Liverpool, England by 797. (Take that, Liverpool!)

The seventh annual event had a total of 8,123 participants run or walk for a great cause. More than 500 of our team members, and their friends and families, represented Team Sands Foundation including everyone’s favorite team member, Vincenzo, our monkey mascot, where he led the warm-up stretches to get the crowd ready for 5K run/1 mile walk.

This was the largest team member community event we, in Las Vegas, ever had. To make the event even more special, we were recognized as the event’s largest participating  team by Opportunity Village.

I’m really proud of our team members for coming out to support this terrific organization. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

December 23rd, 2011 | J.C.

Please accept our warmest holiday greetings to you and your family. We hope this holiday season brings you health, joy, goodwill and tremendous success. Now get out the popcorn, sit back, and enjoy this full-length Christmas classic.

How To Keep Your Celebrations Green

December 23rd, 2011 | Darcy Martinez

If you’re a tree-hugger like me, you might be wondering how to keep your holiday celebrations “green.” Let’s unwrap some ideas for your consideration:

  • Replace older holiday lights with low-power versions, such as LEDs.
  • Start a family tradition of wrapping gifts in the colorful holiday newspaper supplements (then recycle the wrappings). Cutting strips of paper from magazines or newspapers curl just as easily as nylon ribbon, for bows.
  • Choose gifts that will not ultimately add to the waste stream. For example consumables like food or candles, handmade crafts, donations to a favorite charity, or electronic gift certificates to online stores.
  • Plan shopping trips in advance so you don’t make extra trips to malls or grocery stores.
  • If you decorate a tree for the holidays, consider buying a live tree and planting it after your celebrations are done.
  • Less is more. Politely (and well in advance) agree not to exchange gifts with adult friends and relatives, and instead to do something meaningful together. Buy each child fewer gifts, but better ones.

Those are just some ideas for you to chew on. In any case, I wish you and your family safe and happy holidays.

Winter Holiday Celebrations At The Venetian & The Palazzo

December 23rd, 2011 | Darcy Martinez

This winter, The Venetian and The Palazzo, the world’s largest Five Diamond resorts, have magically transformed into a majestic winter wonderland. Winter in Venice is our celebration of the winter season on the Las Vegas Strip.

From November 21 through January 8, when you visit The Venetian, you’ll be greeted by colorful characters wandering the property, spreading good cheer. You’ll be surrounded by charming string lights, brilliantly lit trees and festive music. Enjoy making your rounds on the largest ice skating rink on the Strip, made of recyclable polymer and requiring no refrigeration or electricity, making for environmentally friendly holiday revelries that complement The Venetian and The Palazzo’s green initiatives. 

And as the sun sets, you’ll be dazzled by the “Nightly Holiday Spectacular” light show performance. As the music crescendos, a stunning angel gracefully appears from the Rialto Bridge and lights the 65-foot holiday tree across the way, making it a must-see nightly attraction.

Be sure to stop by the waterfall, atrium and gardens at The Palazzo to admire hand-designed snowflakes suspended midair, ice branches and 20-foot frosted birch, pine and glittering trees, majestic hand-crafted white and pearl peacock statues. The winter gardens also feature red beaded ornaments, pinecones and fresh poinsettias. Enjoy seasonal treats, like eggnog cupcakes, warm apple cider and delicious hot chocolate throughout both properties. There are all kinds of festive surprises in store at what’s sure to become your new, favorite holiday tradition: Winter in Venice. I’ll close with a video of our winter celebration.

Our Growing Blog Team: Darcy Martinez

December 23rd, 2011 | J.C.

Yet another terrific team member to join the crew. Welcome Darcy Martinez to the blog. Her first post is about Winter in Venice, our holiday celebration in Las Vegas. I asked her to tell us a bit about herself:

I was born and raised in sunny Southern California. I received a Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Northridge. I really miss going to the beach on the weekends, but I make the most out of enjoying the outdoors in Las Vegas, weather permitting.

I am currently an Engagement Coordinator in the Human Resources department. This is the best part of HR, in my opinion, as we do all the fun stuff. We keep our fabulous team members engaged with current projects on property via communications and special events.

What I’m most excited about is being on the project team for Sustainability. Yes… I’ll admit I am a tree hugger! I use both sides of a sheet of paper; I take my eco-friendly bags when I go shopping; I bring my travel mug to work, and I go so far as to compliment others when I see them do the same.

I look forward to sharing with you what we are working on and what is soon to come, so that you can stay informed about our exciting activities in Las Vegas.

Happy Hanukkah!

December 22nd, 2011 | J.C.

Happy Festival of Lights, everyone! Hanukkah is the celebration of spiritual lightness over darkness, hope over despair. At 4 pm, guests in Las Vegas can enjoy the lighting of our giant menorah, located outside The Venetian. Also, The Venetian will host a Jewish Community Night by the ice rink at Doge’s Palace where guests can enjoy kosher-style hors d’oeuvres, beverages, music and more. All people and faiths are welcome to come celebrate.

Creative Makeover For The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands

December 22nd, 2011 | Bhavna Moolani

We have taken extreme makeover to the next level! This festive season, Marina Bay Sands gives back and encourages you to trade in your skates for a good cause.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition, previously mentioned in JC’s blog article earlier this month, caught my attention way before it began. I was particularly fascinated by the spectacular transformation of the skating rink as I watched it come to life from the higher floors of The Shoppes. Over about 2 weeks, the ice-like Polytetrafluoroethylene (or Teflon) surface of the skating rink was cleverly transformed into a creative and interactive space for the Narnia exhibition, a task which was relished by our Team Members from MICE – Special Events & Exhibitions, Technical and Electrical. Read the rest of this entry »

Saving Lives Through Recycling Soap

December 19th, 2011 | Jenny Yu

Earlier this week, the Las Vegas Sun published an article that meant a lot to me. It opened with this:

It’s a scene that plays out thousands of times a day on the Strip: Tourists rip open hotel room soaps, pop open complimentary bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash, and use them once or twice. Then they leave, and the amenities sit half-full on a bathroom counter. Not so long ago, those soaps and shampoos were thrown away. Now, they’re being recycled to help save lives. A number of Strip resorts have partnered with the nonprofit group Clean the World to collect partially used hotel room toiletries and recycle them for use by people in need in the United States and abroad.

We’re proud to be one of the resorts involved in this program.

When Clean the World first approached us about recycling our soaps, we were immediately inspired to lend a hand. Previously, we discarded a lot of soap and shampoo, which ended up in the landfill. Perfectly good soaps and shampoos were thrown away.

Such utter waste bothered us. Millions of lives each year are lost because of the spread of acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease; we knew these soaps could help combat the tragedy.

So we jumped at the chance to work with Clean the World. With their help, we are now able to repurpose our products, so that they end up in the hands of people around the world who need them the most.

Below is a CBS News clip about what Clean the World does.

We first ran two pilot programs during major conventions to try out the initiative in Las Vegas. The housekeeping team (led by our Executive Director of Housekeeping Margaret Walker-Shaw) set up an operational procedure through the pilot programs, which established a great foundation for a smooth operation later on after it was fully implemented in August 2011.

Since then, in Las Vegas we’ve recycled 29,672.77 pounds of soap and bottled amenities. And 92,329 of our soap bars will be distributed to children and families in the United States, Canada and more than 45 countries worldwide through Clean the World. Read the rest of this entry »

Our Growing Blog Team: Jenny Yu

December 19th, 2011 | J.C.

You may recall we highlighted Jenny Yu previously on the blog; we liked her so much we asked her to join the team. In our company, she is a director of sustainability, and she will keep us informed about the environmental efforts of Las Vegas Sands, as well as help keep us abreast of what we’re doing in Asia. As a founding member of Sands Eco 360°, our global sustainable development program, she focuses on continuously improving the company’s stewardship of the environment. She was instrumental in managing the LEED Existing Buildings certification process, helping us to achieve LEED Gold Certification—and thereby making our hotel the largest hotel complex in the world to receive this environmental award. Read the rest of this entry »