It’s not every day that the nation’s seventh-richest billionaire tells college students the secret of his success was “never knowing anything” about the businesses in which he got involved.
In a 90-minute discussion Thursday with University of Nevada, Las Vegas students, Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman Sheldon Adelson also advised that willingness to risk it all is key to any entrepreneur.
Adelson, 78, who was awarded the Hospitality Industry Leader of the Year by the UNLV’s Harrah Hotel College, said he’s either started or acquired 50 businesses. Each time, he wasn’t sure exactly what he was getting himself into.
That held true when he jumped into the gaming industry with his purchase of the Rat Pack-era Sands on the Strip in early 1990s. At the time, Adelson was only looking for enough land to build a convention center for his computer industry trade show. Gaming was an industry he knew little about.
“This is the nature of entrepreneurship. It’s the willingness to take a risk,” Adelson said. “It’s a willingness to do things a little bit different.” Read the whole article here.
Imagine that you’ve just come out of a 12-hour flight, you’re tired and can’t wait to lay your head down to rest. You board the Airport Shuttle to your hotel and a guest service agent on board the coach whips out a handheld tablet and takes you through a personalized onboard check-in experience, complete with credit card verification and key-card collection! You’re now checked in even before you’ve reached your hotel and you can go straight up to your room upon arrival!
This is one of the many initiatives that Marina Bay Sands has put in place as a result of guest feedback received via our various feedback channels. Read the rest of this entry »
Sunday, 29th April signals the final day of the exhibition before it leaves Singapore.
On this day, visitors can try their hand at shuffle boarding, take home paper cut portraits, have their caricatures drawn and catch a dance performance inspired by the RMS Titanic. In addition, the Museum will be extending its operating hours till midnight on Friday, 27 April and Saturday, 28 April, with the last entry at 11pm. More than 25 million people have seen the exhibition in museums all over the world over the last 15 years. We are extremely fortunate to have the exhibition with us for Titanic’s 100th year anniversary and we bid the exhibition a fond farewell.
Some people have a knack for picking up foreign languages; Kenji T. Salz, Executive Chef, Sands Cotai Central, is adept at mastering foreign cuisines.
Steeped in the dishes of France and China, Thailand and Italy, Japan and Lebanon and more, Chef Salz, of Japanese-American stock, is a master of the gastronomic arts, from fine dining to delightful poolside bites. Read the rest of this entry »
With Earth Day upon us, I’d like to reflect a little on our sustainability accomplishments over the past year. Here are some highlights:
Two of our properties achieved prestigious environmental certifications. Marina Bay Sands achieved the BCA Green Mark Gold certification. The BCA Green Mark is Singapore’s benchmarking scheme that incorporates internationally recognized best practices in environmental design and performance. Marina Bay Sands is the largest building in Singapore to achieve this certification.
The Venetian Macao, meanwhile, achieved Green Hotel Gold Award. The award aims to encourage Macao’s hotel industry to implement environmental measures. The Venetian Macao is one of only three hotels to achieve the highest Gold Award.
Globally, we replaced more than 210,000 lamps with energy efficient LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs and we continue making our resorts as energy efficient as possible. Energy efficiency is a cornerstone of our sustainability strategy.
We also revamped our Sands ECO360 sustainability strategy to focus our efforts on the areas where we have the largest environmental impact—or the greatest opportunity.
Looking ahead, we have many exciting projects planned throughout the year that we’ll be sharing with you. Happy Earth Day, everyone!
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition made its Southeast Asian Debut at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands last October. Most recently on 10th April, our museum celebrated the ship’s maiden voyage dating back 100 years with a Kong Ming Lanterns Lightup around the Museum vicinity. (See the photos below.) Read the rest of this entry »
Today the Sands Foundation, our company’s charitable arm, donated $1 million to the new DISCOVERY Children’s Museum in Las Vegas. For 22 years, the museum has been one of Nevada’s top educational destinations, featuring more than 100 interactive exhibits based on science, art and culture for children and families.
Later this year, the museum will relocate at the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center–in a gorgeous three-story, 58,000-square-foot building. It will offer nine new themed interactive exhibit galleries as well as a 5,000-square-foot traveling exhibition gallery.
We’re happy to play a part in supporting this fantastic new museum. Ron Reese, our company’s vice president of communications, presented the check earlier this afternoon. Here were his remarks at the ceremony, held at the museum’s new location:
Throughout 2012, we’re rolling out numerous projects under our Go Green Campaign to mobilize our Team Members (employees) to use resources such as water and electricity more efficiently, while reducing consumption.
Monthly Go Green Themes–such as Save Water, Save Energy, Recycle and Reuse, Save the Earth, Green Dining, Go Green for the Holidays–will help to educate and build a green culture among our Team Members.
As part of our effort to raise awareness, we’ll have on-going engagement activities–such as the inter-departmental challenge as described in the story here. In addition, Go Green stickers (printed on sustainable materials and inks) are put up throughout our Heart-of-House areas to remind us to do our part to Go Green.
I’m excited to be part of the broad Team Member engagement program that aims to educate and show us how to be more environmentally friendly both at work and at home. Read the rest of this entry »
Macau Business: “The casino resort opened its doors to the public for the first time at 6 pm on Wednesday. Sands China says an outdoor crowd of more than 5,000 people watched the 5 pm opening celebration at the porte-cochere of the Conrad Macao, with queues extending over 400 metres around the building. In total, Sands China properties – Sands Macao, Venetian Macao, Plaza Macao and Sands Cotai Central – welcomed over 200,000 visitors on Wednesday, the company said.”
Jonah Cohen (J.C.) oversees online communications for Las Vegas Sands Corp. Passionate about social media, he chronicles the conversations in and around the company. Got a story to share? Send him an email.