Archive for August, 2012

Sign Language Workshop For Team Members

August 30th, 2012 | Jonathan Vista

Coordinator, Human Resources-Learning and Development, Geraldine Chan actively participating at the sign language Workshop

Team Members showing their support and enthusiasm at the sign language Workshop

Over 40 Team Members participated in a sign language workshop that was conducted by The Singapore Association for the Deaf as part of Marina Bay Sands Corporate Social Responsibility efforts.

The one and half hour session was led by James Ong, an Executive Officer who is in charge of Program and Volunteer Coordination at The Singapore Association for the Deaf. Being hearing-impaired himself, James was the perfect workshop conductor for educating Team Members on deaf culture and misconceptions.

James shared the basics of sign language which included the alphabet, greetings and even cracked jokes. He was assisted by Dawn Lee, a volunteer who has mastered sign language and translated while James used sign language.

Team Members who attended echoed the same sentiment as Eugene Tong, Manager, Sustainability. He said, “It was my first time learning sign language and it was a great experience. James, our instructor taught us the alphabet, how to count and even how to converse using basic sign language. There were even signs for Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum and the Helix Bridge, not to mention a whole list of other popular attractions in Singapore. It’s really amazing how expressive sign language can be, and how unique and versatile it is at the same time”

Coordinator, Human Resources-Learning and Development, Geraldine Chan actively participating at the sign language Workshop

Team Members demonstrating their sign language skills with the first letter of their names (left to right) Vanessa Seah, Eugene Tong, Marc Komatsu, Charlene Ong and Kenji Nakamura

Team Members with James and Dawn depicting the sign language for Marina Bay Sands

Assistant Manager, Erica Ng and Senior Manager, Joyce Siew from Communications presented Dawn Lee and James Ong with a token of appreciation after the workshop

James teaching me the basics on conversational sign language. Thank you to June Neo for capturing the moment!


Venetian Macao Plants Trees For A Greener Future

August 28th, 2012 | Katarina Tesarova

The Venetian Macao celebrated its fifth anniversary by helping the Earth.

On Sunday, The Venetian Macao organised a tree planting activity at the Ka-Ho Reservoir Lakeside Walk, as part of its fifth anniversary celebration this month. The event also served as an expression of the long-term commitment of Sands China Ltd. toward environmental sustainability and a greener Macao.

A number of high profile guests joined us in our green celebration.

Officiating guests and Sands China team members participate in The Venetian Macao’s tree planting activity Sunday at the Ka-Ho Reservoir Lakeside Walk

Leong Vai Tak, Vice President of the Macao SAR Government Environmental Consultative Committee; Cheong Sio Kei, Director of the Environmental Protection Bureau; Leong Kun Fong, Administration Committee member of the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government; Gunther Hatt, Executive Vice President of Operations of Venetian Macau Ltd. and Ho Wai Tim, Chairman of the Macau Ecological Society, officiated the opening ceremony.

A representative from the “International Million Trees/Forest Project” Hong Kong Regional Committee also attended the event. After the opening ceremony, all guests joined hands with 100 Sands China team members to take shovels and plant trees, marking The Venetian Macao’s fifth anniversary by helping the earth. Read the rest of this entry »

Las Vegas Sun: “Perfect, perfect, perfect!” That’s how art historian Dr. Carlo Pedretti described “Horse and Rider,” the Leonardo da Vinci sculpture whose mold and original bronze cast were put on view to the public for the first time Tuesday inside the Imagine Exhibitions Gallery’s “Da Vinci — The Genius” exhibit at the Venetian.

Leonardo da Vinci's “Horse and Rider” sculpture displayed at the Imagine Exhibitions Gallery in The Venetian

A renowned expert on the life and works of da Vinci, Pedretti’s words didn’t come easily — particularly given that the work is considered to be the only surviving examples of da Vinci’s sculpture work.

The original sculpture, thought to be a study for a larger equine portrait of da Vinci’s friend and patron Charles D’Amboise, was crafted over 500 years ago from a block of beeswax. While the artist’s casting process was never completed, a mold and bronze cast were made from the work in 1985. “Horse and Rider,” owned by businessman and civil engineer Richard A. Lewis, has only been shown in private gatherings before Tuesday’s unveiling.

Read the rest here.

In case you missed it: Sands China Ltd. announced September 20, 2012 as the opening day for the second phase of its Sands Cotai Central integrated resort.

Foremost among the new facilities is the opening of the first of two hotel towers from Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, with a second tower opening in early 2013. The hotel is the world’s largest Sheraton at 3,896 guestrooms, as well as the largest hotel in Macao. The hotel’s Kashgar grand ballroom will offer nearly 53,000 square feet (4,900 square metres) of pillarless meeting and event space. And Shoppes Cotai Central adds a second level of duty-free shops, plus additional restaurants and an international food court.

Sands China's combined Cotai Strip offerings will soon include over 9,000 rooms across five international hotels, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space, over 600 luxury duty-free shops and more than 57 international restaurants, bars and lounges.

The opening is the most recent benchmark in Sands China’s push to firmly establish Macao as one of Asia’s leading business and leisure destinations.

The opening will further expand the diversity of choices on the Cotai Strip with additional accommodation, dining, entertainment, retail, gaming and meeting and convention offerings.

The company’s Macao investment is in excess of US$8 billion to date, and will soon bring Sands China’s combined Cotai Strip offerings to over 9,000 rooms across five international hotels, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space, over 600 luxury duty-free shops and more than 57 international restaurants, bars and lounges. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating Singapore’s National Day 2012

August 16th, 2012 | Bhavna Moolani

We are still reeling from the excitement of National Day 2012 at Marina Bay Sands! Here’s a look back at how our Team Members celebrated on property. Happy Birthday Singapore! From all of us at Marina Bay Sands.

A look at how our team members celebrated at Marina Bay Sands

Video: How To Make A Green Suite

August 14th, 2012 | J.C.

Watch the video below–which stars one of our very own bloggers–to see how we’ve “gone green” in our suites. A luxurious hotel experience doesn’t need to be at odds with environmental responsibility and community outreach.

Happy 47th, Singapore!

August 9th, 2012 | J.C.

Collectively, they’ve sold 70 million albums, won eight Grammy Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, 14 American Music Awards, seven People’s Choice Awards and 26 Academy of Country Music Awards. Yesterday, at a live ‘town-hall’ press conference, The Venetian Las Vegas announced the biggest musical event in its history: the arrival of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “Soul2Soul.” This limited engagement, which opens on Dec. 7 and covers 10 weekends through April 2013, will take place at our 1,815-seat Venetian Theater.

August Kicks Off Month-Long Celebration of Food & Wine

August 7th, 2012 | Jeff Birchmeier

Come enjoy a complimentary wine tasting in the scenic Waterfall & Atrium Gardens at The Palazzo

As we approach the finale of the three-month-long Carnevale celebration, The Venetian and The Palazzo kicked off “Cibo-Vino” (chee-bo vee-no) on Wednesday, August 1. A month long spectacular celebration of food and wine hosting a plethora of stellar events created for true foodies including chef demonstrations, wine tastings and exclusive dining experiences. These are free events you won’t want to miss if you’re in Vegas.

Carnevale Vino Tasting Tuesdays. — Every Tuesday in August, from 5 to 6 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy a complimentary wine tasting in the scenic Waterfall & Atrium Gardens at The Palazzo.

Learn to make sushi & sashimi with Sushi Samba Executive Chef

Carnevale Chef Demo Wednesdays. — Every Wednesday in August, from 5 to 6 p.m., a variety of talented chefs from both properties’ will showcase their expertise in cheese, fruit, sugar and ice carving with complimentary demonstrations.

Samba Roll Thursdays. — Beginning August 2, from 5 to 6 p.m., in The Palazzo Waterfall & Atrium Gardens, guests are invited to join Sushi Samba Executive Chef, John Um, to learn the art of sushi making and note-worthy techniques of sashimi cutting. A complimentary tasting of the palate-pleasing sushi rolls will take place, paired with sake tastings to enhance the flavors.

How To Build A Green Resort

August 3rd, 2012 | J.C.

Below is a short video about our efforts to “green” our resorts. We strive not only to create a visually stunning hotel experience, but also to build and maintain our properties in a sustainable way. We’ve found that innovative building design and responsible construction practices can indeed minimize the immediate impact associated with the extraction, manufacturing, and transportation of building materials. These green practices provide the foundation for conservation of natural resources during the years of resort operation.