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Las Vegas Sands & David Beckham Form Asian Partnership

November 22nd, 2013 | Kenny Coyle

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David Beckham during Friday’s press conference at The Venetian Macao.

I’m excited to report that Las Vegas Sands (LVS) and Beckham Ventures just announced a partnership which will see one of the world’s most iconic men, David Beckham, join forces with LVS’s powerful integrated resort properties in Macao and Singapore.

As outlined at a press conference held in Macao today, the partnership will be based around the development of dining, retail and leisure concepts at Sands China Ltd. properties in Macao and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

“We have billions of dollars invested in our own global, iconic brands and we clearly understand the importance of growing and sustaining those brands over time. The odds are extremely high that a partnership with David Beckham will help us further those efforts and provide David with the same benefit,” said Michael Leven, our company’s president and chief operating officer. “We are very excited about the partnership and we fully expect it to grow in the years to come, especially as we aggressively explore opportunities to further expand our presence in Asia.”

David Beckham said, “The Sands team has created amazing resorts in Singapore and Macao. The scale, vision and caliber in all that they do is impressive. I am very excited to be working with them to develop a range of new business ideas in a part of the world that I love spending time in and is full of optimism and growth.”

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David Beckham (centre) with George Tanasijevich (left), president and chief executive officer of Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, and Edward Tracy (right), president and chief executive officer of Sands China Ltd.

“Here in Macao, Sands China has worked to not only transform the tourism industry by providing a diverse set of entertainment offerings, but also by seeking out active engagement with renowned brands and providing a unique experience to the people in and around this area of the world when they visit Cotai Strip Resorts Macao,” said Edward Tracy, president and chief executive officer of Sands China Ltd. “David Beckham’s well-known personal values and his endeavors in both business development and community outreach make a perfect match for our two brands to come together in a way which is sure to positively impact the Asian market.”

“We’ve been fortunate enough to have David partner with us recently at Marina Bay Sands and the energy and enthusiasm his presence provides is captivating. He was involved in our very successful Sands for Singapore community festival and his participation was inspiring to the young people he met with as well as the local charities which benefitted from his generosity. We greatly look forward to further promoting our partnership with David in a variety of exciting and creative ways at Marina Bay Sands,” said George Tanasijevich, the property’s president and chief executive officer.

Aiding in the Relief Effort

November 18th, 2013 | Ciara Matthews

Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan as well as our team members who have family and friends in the region. Las Vegas Sands is showing its support for the Philippines in a variety of ways following the devastation caused by this terrible disaster. Financial assistance is being provided to the recovery efforts there by both our entities in Asia, Sands China Ltd. in Macao and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Additionally, through our existing partnership with Clean the World, LVS is funding the packaging and shipment of 40,000 hygiene kits which contain soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste and washcloths, to the area as a means of preventing the spread of hygiene-related illness.

Las Vegas Sands Thrives in Macao

October 29th, 2013 | Ciara Matthews

Venetian Macao

Venetian Macao

The Las Vegas Review-Journal recently reported on the tremendous success Las Vegas Sands is having in Macao where business is booming:

Macau is what drives Las Vegas Sands.

In the three months ended Sept. 30, the company’s four major Macau gaming divisions produced a 43 percent increase in       revenues and an 89 percent jump in profits compared with a year ago. The overall net revenues from Macau during the quarter — $2.34 billion — accounted for more than 65 percent of Las Vegas Sands’ companywide total of $3.57 billion.

And it will only continue to grow.

To read the LVRJ story in full, click here.

Fortune Magazine Names LVS Among Fastest Growing Companies

September 26th, 2013 | Ciara Matthews

LVS on Fortune's 100 Fastest-Growing Companies

LVS made Fortune’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies

In case you missed it, Las Vegas Sands took the #36 spot on Fortune’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies.

Not only were we the only Nevada-based company to be named in the September issue, but we were also the only company in the hospitality and leisure industries to make the list.

This was wonderful news, and very motivating. We fully intend to work harder and try to climb even higher.

To read the complete list of fastest growing companies, click here.

Las Vegas Sands has issued a challenge. For the first time in the hotel industry, we are asking UNLV students to discover new ways for us to raise the environmental standards of our operations. This coming Monday—September 9, 2013, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.–is the UNLV/Las Vegas Sands Sustainable Hospitality Summit, which will bring together current and future leaders in sustainability.

What is most exciting, at the event we will introduce the UNLV/Las Vegas Sands Sustainable Hospitality Student Challenge. The intent is to spark the innovation needed to leave a cleaner and safer environment for future generations.

Student teams participating in the challenge will be asked to research, create and develop a plan to help Las Vegas Sands achieve even greener operations. The winning student or team will be awarded a $50,000 academic achievement award and the chance to have their idea implemented at The Venetian|The Palazzo resorts in Las Vegas.

If you’re interested in coming–and we hope you are–then join us on Monday, September 9, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Philip J. Cohen Theatre inside the UNLV Student Union.

GE Reports: "The Venetian | The Palazzo, in conjunction with the Sands Expo Center, is the first and only property on the Las Vegas Strip to receive U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings"

GE Reports: “The Venetian | The Palazzo, in conjunction with the Sands Expo Center, is the first and only property on the Las Vegas Strip to receive U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings”

As part of our Sands ECO360° program, we are making major LED lighting upgrades to our resorts. For a recent summary of our progress, below is an excerpt from an article published yesterday at GE Reports:

A visitor could be forgiven if the first thing that comes to mind while walking down the Las Vegas Strip isn’t energy efficiency…. But efficient lighting—and the environmental and energy savings that come along with it—is exactly what the Las Vegas Sands Corp. is after. That’s why the company is completing several major LED lighting upgrades at its iconic resorts, The Venetian|The Palazzo….

In conference spaces across both properties, the company hired GE to replace 120-watt halogen bulbs with 5,700 12-watt LEDs rated to last through 25,000 hours of operation. The switch is expected to reduce the Sands’ annual electricity use by nearly 4.1 million kilowatt-hours, saving more than $400,000 in annual lighting costs. It will also mean less work to replace burnt-out bulbs….

GE has already retrofitted more than 7,000 guest suites at both locations with 7-watt PAR20 LED lamps and 10- and 15-watt compact fluorescent lighting bulbs. The improvements in both meeting spaces and guest rooms have already reduced Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s annual lighting spend by about $2 million….

But efforts aren’t ending with these smaller rooms. Sands just doubled down on its commitment to saving energy—placing an initial order for 11,000 LED candelabra lamps for ballrooms and corridors. The fixtures’ custom-designed lighting produces a lower color temperature with higher lumens to meet the resorts’ needs in these more public spaces.

This entire suite of lighting upgrades is being executed as part of a program called Sands ECO360 Global Sustainability, in which the company is working to save potable water, reduce waste and lower energy consumption across its properties.

Heather Wilson Coode, hospitality marketing manager for GE Lighting, said Las Vegas Sands is at the forefront of the hospitality industry’s rising corporate responsibility efforts. “Las Vegas Sands Corp. has demonstrated a measurable commitment to protecting the environment with energy-saving practices, and GE will help the company make an even bigger impact,” she said.

Read the rest.

Communities in Schools of Nevada

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Communities In Schools of Nevada Receives $250,000 Donation from Sands Foundation

The Sands Foundation has donated $250,000 to Communities In Schools of Nevada through a two-year commitment to assist the organization’s efforts to keep students in school across Nevada.

“We admire the work that Communities In Schools of Nevada is doing and hope this contribution will further the organization’s reach,” said Michael Leven, COO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. “LVS is committed to assisting youth and expanding educational opportunities within our communities. We are proud to a partner with CISN as they expand their efforts both inside and out of the classroom.”

The CIS mission is to surround students with a community of support so they can succeed in school and achieve in life.  The local affiliate supports nearly 25,000 students in over 40 schools throughout Southern and Northeastern Nevada, connecting them with critical services such as medical and dental care, mental health counseling services, food, clothing, tutoring, career exploration, academic development and other programs.

“We are honored to receive this incredibly generous contribution from the Sands Foundation,” said Diane Fearon, chief executive officer of CISN. “This gift will help us to continue the mission of CISN and expand our services to more schools across the state. It is because of community partners like Las Vegas Sands  that our youth will have a brighter future.”

For more information on CISN, please visit http://cisnevada.org/.

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Sands China Makes Macao Vacation Hot Spot

June 17th, 2013 | Ciara Matthews

Cotai Strip

Cotai Strip

Sands’ leadership and vision in Macao is getting noticed.  Bloomberg Businessweek recently ran a story showing how the family-friendly offerings at our properties in Macao are helping make it a destination for middle-class tourists in China, and setting Sands China apart.

The article noted how shopping choices for our guests at The Venetian Macao, which range from Zara to Tiffany and everything in between, have been a great draw for families looking for a vacation spot that has a little something for everyone.  When you add in a great array of restaurants to fit any budget and KidZone, Sands China Macao properties have a lot to offer guests traveling with children.

Our guests will see our commitment to families at each of our properties in Macao – at our Four Seasons property on the Cotai Strip, our team will even child-proof rooms before guests’ arrival. We know that our teams in Macao will leave you impressed as we give every family member a vacation to remember.

LVS helps Clean the World

June 14th, 2013 | Katarina Tesarova

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Clean The World

Have you ever wondered what happens to the left over soap you use at a hotel?  A lot of times it’s just thrown away.  Not at Las Vegas Sands!  Since 2011, we have partnered with the nonprofit organization Clean the World to recycle our guests’ leftover soap and amenities at our Las Vegas property to help others.  Our Bethlehem property joined the partnership last year, so we can make an even greater difference with Clean the World.

Clean the World is a social enterprise committed to protecting the environment and saving lives by collecting, sanitizing and recycling used hotel soaps to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases. Since 2009, the organization has diverted more than 700 metric tons of waste and created over 12 million new sanitized soap bars delivered to communities, families, and children in 67 countries.

Now, we have deepened our commitment to Clean the World even further.  On June 13, we announced that our properties in Macao, Sands China Ltd., have helped the organization establish its first international presence in Hong Kong and Macao, serving the hospitality industry in Asia.  We are a key sponsor for this vital environmental and lifesaving initiative, participating with more than 9,000 guest rooms of our Cotai Strip Resorts and Sands® Macao properties.   With its new soap cleansing and recycling facility, Clean the World aims to collect and recycle 100 metric tons of soap in its first year in the region.

We commend the life-saving work that Clean the World does, and we hope our guests will be happy to know that they are helping to change people’s lives just by staying at Sands properties.

A World Apart – Celebrating Together

May 18th, 2013 | Ciara Matthews

Handfalls exhibit at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Handfalls exhibit at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands Singapore

During today’s observance of International Museum Day, Las Vegas Sands is celebrating in two places of the world that could not be more different, yet united in a common cause – a dedication to learning, creativity, and innovation.

One of the hallmarks of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is the ArtScience Museum which welcomes visitors from around the world to take in blockbuster exhibitions daily. But today, attendees will experience two new, temporary exhibits, free of charge - Deephorizon, a colorful creation which presents an ever-changing digital reconstruction of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and Handfalls, a unique installation in the museum’s lily pond of floating images of water-filled hands and blooming lotus flowers that create a compelling image. Guided group tours and a photography workshops will also be available and open to the public throughout the day.

Additionally, In honor of a recent $1 million contribution to DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, and in celebration of International Museum Day, LVS has partnered with the museum to offer a special discount to all Sands Team Members and one child for entry during today’s event.

In the U.S., the Museum Day observance coincides with the annual Armed Forces Day. To reinforce its ongoing commitment to members of the military, Las Vegas Sands has also sponsored free admission to all military members (with valid photo ID) and one child at DISCOVERY Children’s Museum on May 18 as well.

A strong involvement and commitment to our communities is central to the way Las Vegas Sands does business, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate, around the world, the benefits museums offer to the public.