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CNBC selects Sheldon Adelson among the 200 people who have had "the greatest influence."

Sheldon Adelson among 200 people who have had “the greatest influence.”

Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson has always made “challenging the status quo” his fundamental business philosophy. For this reason, we are honored to learn that he has just been named to CNBC’s list of 200 people who have transformed business over the last 25 years, thus making him a contender for CNBC First 25.

Those on the list are described as “top leaders, icons and rebels, a definitive list of people who have had the greatest influence, sparked the biggest changes and caused the most disruption in business over the past quarter century.”

They further say: “This is not just a list of celebrity CEOs. These exceptional men and women were hand-picked for the transformative impact they have had on business, commerce, and the way we live.”

Mr. Adelson has had a tremendous influence on the hospitality, gaming and tourism industries, not just here in Las Vegas, but around the world. If you feel like we do, cast your vote here to show your support.

M&C Awards Our Vegas Properties—Seven Years In A Row

October 1st, 2013 | Lisa Witherell

The Venetian|Palazzo and Sands Expo take home major awards

The Venetian|Palazzo and Sands Expo take home major awards

For an unprecedented seven years in a row, our properties in Las Vegas—The Venetian|Palazzo and Sands Expo—earned both the “Gold Key Elite” and “Gold Platter Elite” awards from Meetings & Conventions Magazine (“M&C”).

This year marks our 14th consecutive year as recipient of a Gold Key Award

This year marks our 14th consecutive year as recipient of a Gold Key Award

This seventh back-to-back win makes us the only hotel to achieve such consistency in the magazine’s history.

“For over 30 years the Gold Key Award has been given to the very ‘best of the best’ meeting properties worldwide based on overall professionalism and quality,” says the magazine. “These exceptional properties earned the ‘Elite’ status by not only being voted as one of the finest by the readers of M&C, but these properties finished among the top five overall hotels/resorts…. This year 162 hotels and resorts were honored as Gold Key winners, with only the top 5 achieving the Gold Key Elite level. M&C readers, the industry’s toughest and most important critics, selected winning properties based on strict criteria which included: staff attitude; quality of meeting rooms; quality of guest services; quality of food and beverage service; proficiency of handling reservations; technical/support equipment; and range of recreational facilities.”

This year marks our 12th consecutive year as recipient of a Gold Platter Award

This year marks our 12th consecutive year as recipient of a Gold Platter Award

And they said this about our Gold Platter Award: “Through totally unaided recall, these meeting professionals voted for the meeting hotel or resort with the most outstanding food and beverage service throughout the world and selected yours as one of the best.”

This year only 32 properties worldwide were honored with the award and only the top 5 of these properties received an Elite Award.

“M&C readers representing the highest level of meeting and incentive professionals, based their selections on strict criteria which included: enthusiasm and professionalism of staff; quality of food presentation; creativity of menu; originality of theme-party concepts; helpfulness and budgeting considerations; excellence of staff service and ambiance of dining rooms.”

This year marks our 14th consecutive year as recipient of a Gold Key Award, and our 12th consecutive year as recipient of a Gold Platter Award. Incidentally, we have now won the Elite awards (both Gold Key Elite & Gold Platter Elite) for 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Congratulations to all our team members in Las Vegas for your hard work—which has been recognized by our clients!

The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas with green exterior lights.

The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas with green exterior lights.

You may have noticed recently that The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas colored their exterior lights green. Why? Because we wanted to celebrate the fact that our convention and meetings complex, including Sands Expo, became the first venue in the world to receive the advanced Level Two industry certification for environmentally sustainable meetings and events. covered the story:

The certification – called Level Two Certification to the ASTM Standard – is a designation of the meeting industry’s comprehensive standards for environmentally sustainable meetings, created through a partnership of the Convention Industry Council’s APEX initiative and ASTM International. This designation is considered the most relevant to the meetings industry because it reflects standards that are catered to meetings, events, trade shows and conferences. In addition, it is backed by ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards.

Read the rest here.

Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson at the Second Jerusalem International Tourism Summit

Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson at the Second Jerusalem International Tourism Summit

LVS Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson was recognized today at the 2013 Jerusalem Innovative Tourism Summit “for his unprecedented and innovative contributions to global tourism.”

The summit was initiated by the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Tourism, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Jerusalem Development Authority in cooperation with the Hebrew University and the Jerusalem International Convention Center.

“There is no one more earning than him to receive the Lifetime Achievement award,” Israel’s Minister of Tourism Uzi Landau said.

The award-givers highlighted that Sheldon Adelson is “the head of an empire attracting close to a billion tourists a year,” and they praised him for investing “over 30 billion dollars in tourism projects across the globe.” They went on to say that he “has changed tourism in three continents.”

Breaking Travel News, a leading online resource for travel industry executives, also commented on the award:  “Adelson’s career spans more than six decades and includes the creation of over 50 different companies, including the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and the COMDEX tradeshow for the computer industry…. In Las Vegas, Adelson is widely credited for helping transform the city from a gaming-centric regional location into the leading convention and exhibition city in the United States.”

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.

The Making Of A Megastructure

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.

Press Play: Las Vegas Sands & Earth Hour Presentation

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:

Can You Name The World’s Largest Five Diamond Resort?

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.

Of the 30,000 AAA approved and diamond rated hotels for 2013, less than one-third of 1% received the AAA Five Diamond rating.

LVS President & COO Mike Leven

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.

Meet Our Newest Team Member: Sophie Chow

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:

Sophie Chow

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.

Come see our Chinese New Year’s decorations.

“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.