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.
Because every year-end core indicator was positive in 2012 – occupancy, average daily room rate and auto travel – Las Vegas may well reach 40 million visitors in 2013.
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.”
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.