Exclusive interview with Sands’ President & COO Michael Leven, recorded a week before he received the Americas Lodging Investment Summit’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Los Angeles. We talked about everything from his early experience with racial segregation in the hotel business to his classical education and his appreciation of the Bhagavad Gita. Such an interesting man and great business leader.
This week the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Burba Hotel Network presents LVS President & COO Michael Leven with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit, which is the world’s largest hotel investment conference. CNBC interviewed Mr. Leven whom they called an “icon of the industry.” Take a look.
For those who missed it, the Cotai Strip was the scene of a New Year’s Eve extravaganza that was, by all accounts, incredible. The celebrity-filled spectacular featured a special concert from the hit TV show The Voice of China and Hong Kong’s Paul Wong & The Postman at the CotaiArena, and also included a countdown to a magnificent fireworks display that rung in the New Year.
A massive crowd gathered to see the fireworks along with Winter in Venice’s glittering five-minute display of a 43,000-square-foot (4,000-square-metre) special edition 3D video mapping countdown, which lit up the facade of The Venetian Macao at 11:55 pm. The dazzling pyrotechnic show that followed contained almost 5,500 individual fireworks reflecting the character and uniqueness of the Cotai Strip properties.
Psy with students from O School at a special meet-and-greet post performance
It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you helped put a smile on someone’s face. Marina Bay Sands chose music and food to warm the hearts of our beneficiaries to end a great year.
We kicked off the final month of 2012 with an electrifying “Give back to Singapore” public showcase by none other than YouTube sensation PSY! 4,000 complimentary tickets for the public were snapped up within two hours and what a night it was!
Students from O School, a Marina Bay Sands designated charity, revved up members of the audience that night with Psy’s hit “Gangnam Style” and got an exclusive opportunity to meet the star in person after the show.
The infectious energy continued the following week when a cast of 210 youth fired up the stage at the ChildAid Concert 2012 and raised more than S$2 million. The concert was held at the Grand Theatre with Marina Bay Sands as the official venue partner. Proceeds from the show went to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund.
Robert Harayda, Senior Vice President of Finance, Marina Bay Sands graced the event together with President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife, as well as Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth.
In November, SweetSpot ran a Holiday Charity Cookie Contest by calling out for original recipes to raise funds for charity. Since then, we received lots of delicious holiday cookie recipes and Lisar Cheah’s, ‘Zesty Basil Christmas Cookie’ was voted by the public as the winning cookie.
Lisar Cheah’s ‘Zesty Basil Christmas Cookie’
Executive Pastry Chef, Ryan Witcher has perfected the recipe and the cookies are currently on sale at SweetSpot outlets at Marina Bay Sands, with all proceeds going to Metta School, a Marina Bay Sands designated charity.
Yahoo! News: Las Vegas Sandspresident Sheldon Adelson announced on Tuesday that the firm has attracted sufficient funding to begin construction of mega-casino complex Eurovegas in December 2013.
Speaking at a press conference with Madrid president Ignacio Gonzalez, Adelson revealed that negotiations with banks are taking place but that details will not be released until the location for the complex is decided. The project will be a sister-site to the complex in Macao, China, he said…. Currently, the favourite location to build Eurovegas is in the city of Alcorcon in the region of Madrid although Paracuellos and Valdecarros have been named as possible locations.
In 1956, Las Vegas showgoers never heard of Elvis Presley. That April, his show flopped at the New Frontier. According to historians Barbra and Myrick Land, “fans of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Liberace were not impressed. Local critics yawned. Variety said ‘Elvis Presley….doesn’t hit the mark here.’ Newsweek compared Presley’s Las Vegas debut to ‘a jug of corn liquor at a champagne party.’”
Presley’s manager—“Colonel” Tom Parker—suggested that he watch other Vegas shows, to learn what other headliners in town were doing right. The suggestion would prove career-changing for the young Elvis Presley, for his next big success would be discovered at the Sands. As Barbra and Myrick Land describe it:
A lounge act at the Sands, Freddie Bell and the Bellboys, was such a hit with Elvis that he kept going back to see it again and again. What he liked best was Bell’s showstopper song that began, “You ain’t nuthin’ but a hound dog!”
Elvis loved it and learned it. In Last Train to Memphis, Peter Guralnick’s almost day-by-day biography of Elvis Presley, the author says the song had already been a huge success in 1953 for a black singer, Big Mama Thornton.
“Hound Dog,” Guralnick wrote, “had been written by two white teenagers, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who specialized in rhythm and blues, and was a very odd choice for a male performer, since it was written from a female point of view.” Nevertheless, the song became Elvis’s next big hit.
In June he sang “Hound Dog” on Milton Berle’s television show. Elvis was a sensation, but his controversial gyrating performance stirred so much talk that the mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey, banned rock-‘n’-roll from the city limits. Elvis’s name became a household word to spark family arguments. His face, licensed by the Colonel, appeared on charm bracelets and decorated lipsticks in “Hound Dog Orange.”
Macaubusiness.com: “The second phase of Sands Cotai Central is planned to open in October, Sands China Ltd. chief executive officer Edward Tracy said on Friday. He also reconfirmed that Sands Cotai Central’s first phase will open next month, which includes the Conrad and Holiday Inn hotels and the casino.”
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