Journey to the Egyptian afterlife at ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. For the first time in Singapore and Southeast Asia, the secrets of the mysterious Egyptian burial practices and mummification process are revealed in technologically-advanced detail with the arrival of Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb, an exhibition featuring mummies and artifacts culled from the famed Egyptian collection of the British Museum.
Archive for the ‘History’ Category
May 2nd, 2013 | J.C.
April 26th, 2013 | J.C.
National Geographic’s documentary about the construction of The Venetian Macao came out a few years ago. If you haven’t seen it, the film is well worth watching. The sheer breadth of human creativity—from the mathematics to the fine arts to the business genius–behind building such a resort is extraordinary.
April 1st, 2013 | Katarina Tesarova
Las Vegas Sands once again joined millions of people and organizations around the world for Earth Hour to show our commitment to conserving natural resources. What did we do? Check out this interactive presentation:
March 15th, 2013 | J.C.
In the 1950s and 60s, the Sands’ Copa Room was the coolest joint in town. Legendary Las Vegas stars like Nat “King” Cole, Milton Berle, and Danny Thomas were headliners. And, of course, Dean, Frank and Sammy Davis—whom the press called “the Rat Pack”—drew the biggest crowds. Check out this vintage footage of one of their shows at the Sands. If you thought bawdy humor, ironic ethnic jokes, and playful raps and jabs were modern cultural expressions, you may be surprised by their show.
March 11th, 2013 | Jeff Birchmeier
We have worked really hard to create a resort where guests, and even our fellow team members, receive an unparalleled and unique experience in a place like no other—with people like no other. Within our walls are the most dedicated, passionate and service-minded professionals on the Las Vegas Strip and in the world.
In the past year and a half, our team members supported one another and encouraged each other to strive to be the best; and it is with great pleasure to share with the public that The Venetian and The Palazzo both earned their fifth diamond, yet again, continuing our title as the largest Five Diamond resort in the entire world.
For 77 years, AAA has used professional inspectors to conduct in-person property inspections and publish the results, on a system of One to Five Diamonds. Hotels in all categories are subject to the same basic requirements for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality in order to be AAA approved. A Five Diamond rating is given to a hotel that offers ultimate luxury, sophistication and comfort with extraordinary physical attributes, meticulous personalized service, extensive amenities and impeccable standards of excellence.
Hotels at this rating level offer an extensive array of amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail. Among the 30,000 AAA approved and diamond rated hotels for 2013, less than one-third of 1% received the AAA Five Diamond rating. It’s an honor to be among these few fine hotels year after year.
February 26th, 2013 | J.C.
Another fascinating interview with Mike Leven, our president and COO.
Writes Hotel Interactive: “For you young folks out there, today is going to be a major history lesson. Leven’s 50+ year career cast is as a central figure in the development of the modern hotel industry, and his fingerprints are everywhere. From his days running brands such as Holiday Inn and Days Inn to creating his own hotel brands like Microtel, Leven has literally done it all. He even combated racism and discrimination throughout the 1960s, which culminated in his helping hand in creating AAHOA, which is now one of the most powerful industry associations.”
Listen here at Hotel Interactive.
February 19th, 2013 | Darcy Martinez
In celebration of Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, we are kicking off the “Year of the Snake” with beautiful décor and exciting events! Kudos to Claudia Valteirrez, Ernie Cabrera, Kent Bagnell and their teams for all the hard work and dedication that went into the installation of Sophie Chow, an animatronic work of art! Take a look:
With a length of 98 feet and features that include blinking eyes, a tongue that goes in and out and a moving head, this immense arrangement looms virtually 38 feet above The Waterfall & Atrium Gardens of The Palazzo.
A giant peach tree holding blossom vines embellished with roughly 193,600 flowers, custom made dancing lanterns, oranges and traditional I Ching coins, derived from a collaboration of artists and artisans from all over the world, gave inspiration for Sophie’s strategic design.
“Chinese New Year is such a special event to our guests, that constructing and designing something that’s not only authentic, but in grand Las Vegas fashion was important,” said Dana Beatty, director of floral and horticulture.
Peach and cherry blossoms were also placed in the Atrium Gardens to offer our own spring season, since there will be no spring in the 2013 lunar year. Special planning a year in advance went into choosing the flower selections to ensure that only the best ones were used. “This year we went completely out of the box and ran with the Feng shui philosophy to bring our own spring season to life. We brought in pink and green cymbidium orchids and lavender mums to name just a few.”
For the past two years, professional Feng Shui master Peter Lung has offered inspiration for both The Venetian and The Palazzo designs. Here are some fun facts related to Feng Shui and the “Year of the Snake.”
The snake is blue, as the “Year of the Snake” represents water.
Sophie Chow’s face intentionally looks juvenile to represent birth of a new year.
It is recommended that guests walk clockwise around the tree and snake display three times to bring blessings of Heaven, Earth, and Mankind upon them.
February 13th, 2013 | J.C.
The Venetian and The Palazzo welcomed the Year of the Snake on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 with a traditional dragon dance. Sheldon Adelson, our chairman and CEO, was in attendance to paint the eyes of the dragon and bring it to life, kicking off the Chinese New Year.
Dancers from the Yau Kung Mon Kung Fu School of U.S.A. from Los Angeles and San Francisco paraded through both properties, offering blessings to bring our guests good luck throughout the year. Crowds gathered to watch the dragon dance and take photos of the 98-ft blue water snake coiled in the 38-ft peach blossom tree.
The main feature of The Venetian and The Palazzo’s Chinese New Year 2013 art installation was, of course, Sophie Chow, the snake tangled in her home, a giant peach blossom tree. To commemorate the Year of the Snake, the resort’s floral and horticulture team worked with 77 artists and artisans from around the world, and also consulted a Feng Sui master. For a behind-the-scenes look at the installation process, check out this video:
Make note: On Feb. 23, The Venetian and The Palazzo will host a Lantern Festival from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests can revel in the tradition and romance of the festive celebration. The event will feature Chinese music, Asian-style cocktails, dim sum, and desserts. Tickets are $48.88 and can be purchased here.
Zine Noodles Dim Sum at The Palazzo is offering a Chinese New Year inspired menu through Feb. 16, and Fusion Mixology Bar will offer the Jaina cocktail, which was created for Chinese New Year. You can find out more about all of the Chinese New Year events offered at The Venetian and The Palazzo here.
February 11th, 2013 | J.C.
Las Vegas Review-Journal: “Las Vegas, we didn’t quite make it to 40 million visitors in 2012, but we came close. When all was said and done, 39.7 million people came to the city in 2012, up 2.1 percent from 2011′s final total of 38.9 million visitors, according to the monthly Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority count released Friday. And even though it’s not quite 40 million, 2012 still was a record year for Las Vegas – the previous high was 39.2 million visitors in 2007.”
February 10th, 2013 | Jonathan Vista
Happy Chinese New Year to all!