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Sands Cares: Clean the World Event

April 10th, 2014 | Ciara Matthews

Team members from The Venetian, Palazzo, and Sands Expo volunteered their time at Clean the World’s Las Vegas location last week by putting together nearly 2,000 hygiene kits that will be sent to underserved populations in our local communities and around the world. Las Vegas Sands has dedicated $1 million to Clean the World in 2014 as part of our new global corporate citizenship program, Sands Cares. Clean the World works diligently to collect and recycle discarded hygiene products from hospitality companies and distributes them to those in risk of life-threatening hygiene-related diseases, such as pneumonia, cholera and dysentery. To learn more about Sands Cares and our partnership with Clean the World, visit

Las Vegas Sands recently held its first-ever Sands Supplier Excellence Awards, recognizing the outstanding services of its suppliers and vendors around the world. During several Sands Supplier Appreciation Dinners in Macao, Singapore, Las Vegas, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the company acknowledged its indebtedness to the local communities in which it does business.

“Our company is not an isolated island, but part of the greater communities in which we do business. These awards recognize that fact,” said Michael Leven, president and chief operating officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. “Our success at LVS and the success of our suppliers have gone hand-in-hand. Our partnerships have created mutually beneficial results and we look forward to continuing to build on these results.”

Las Vegas Sands expressed appreciation for its supplier partnerships with awards given in seven categories. From among thousands of service providers and suppliers, hundreds were nominated by each location’s business units and employees, representing businesses such as construction and development, furniture and equipment, facilities and services, food and beverage, gaming equipment, technology and IT services. The award categories and winners from Macao, Singapore, Las Vegas, and Bethlehem are as follows:

Corporate Culture and Sustainability Award: Macau Coca-Cola Beverage Company; Sunfresh Singapore; GE Lighting; Farmers Brothers.

Cost Management Award: Unique Printing; Cyclect Electrical Engineering; Trident Construction Corporation; Chrin Hauling.

Service Excellence Award: China Travel Service Macao; Certis Cisco Security; Fun City Foods; Primo Produce.

Project Management Award: Hsin Chong Engineering; LanTroVision; AT&T; Orlando Diefenderfer

Total Quality Management Award: Fook Yik; Culina; Jacquards Fabric Company; Christmas City Printing.

Innovation Award: TCS John Huxley; Gexpro Asia; International Game Technology; KGM Gaming.

Small-Medium Enterprise (SME) Award: Zenith; Colourscan Co; Universal Color Graphics; Cox Building Services.

In September, Sands Expo—with support from Green Our Planet and Garden Farms of Nevada—established Plant It for the Planet, an urban gardening program at Monaco Middle School. The school is a recipient of Title 1 funding and a participant in the STEM Education program, a national initiative where academic subjects and instruction focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

We’re happy to report that an incredible quantity of food grew by late November, featuring 20 kinds of vegetables and herbs that have been cared for and studied by students and faculty. Sands Expo organized a Seasonal Celebration where team members, faculty and students came together to hand-pick everything that was ready, and Chef Rodney Gibson led a cooking demonstration that featured the organic ingredients that had just been harvested.

Throughout the event, students discussed nutrition; greening their community; how to use insects as organic pesticides; and other lessons for urban gardening. They wore chef’s hats as they sampled the fruits of their labor, and the joy on their faces was a delight to see. In addition to promoting a healthy lifestyle and teaching about sustainability, there was a clear sense of personal growth and self-reliance instilled among participants.

Sands Expo’s goal is to expand this initiative to other schools, showing faculty, students and their families the numerous benefits of urban gardening. For more information about the program, watch the video below.

Las Vegas Sands & David Beckham Form Asian Partnership

November 22nd, 2013 | Kenny Coyle


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.”


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.

Sands: Giving Back to Society

October 16th, 2013 | Val Chua

It’s not every weekend that a charity marathon involving tens of thousands of ordinary people takes place at a singular location over a series of separate activities, all in the name of raising money for the less privileged amongst us.

And yet that was what happened at Singapore, at Marina Bay Sands, recently in August.  Through activities as diverse as walking 4km around the bay, sprinting 57 stories up a hotel tower, dining at restaurants, bidding for auctioned luxury goods, casting votes for deserving charity pitches, or simply visiting a musical and taking a sampan boat ride, an impressive amount of over $3.6 million was raised from 16-18 August to benefit local charities in Singapore.

The momentous event did not come together by chance – it was the result of months of meticulous planning undertaken by Marina Bay Sands, one of Las Vegas Sands’ jewels in its string of integrated resorts around the world.

And the seemingly disparate activities were connected by a common theme – Sands for Singapore, whose very name suggests the aim behind the programme: to give back to Singapore, through the integrated resort’s vast resources and unique assets.

“In our earlier days, it is natural for us to support other people’s causes because we were new in the market. But, all along we wanted to create something of our own that fills in the gaps of the local community. We thought about it and realised that Marina Bay Sands has a lot to offer in terms of space and people,” said George Tanasijevich, Chief Executive Officer and President of Marina Bay Sands.

“We recognised that no local organisation has our building and facilities. We are uniquely positioned to leverage Marina Bay Sands to help promote CSR and support local causes. We also recognised that we have 9,000 people who work for us and have the spirit of volunteerism.”

Indeed, the integrated resort, which has sealed an iconic place on the world map after opening in April 2010, has done much for the community despite its tender age of three years.

To complement the more routine route of cheque-giving, Marina Bay Sands created its own signature programme which culminated in August’s inaugural charity marathon – Sands for Singapore Festival.

The principle behind this is simple: there are needs in the local community that cannot be fulfilled by a blanket approach to charity. Hence began a deliberate process of seeking like-minded charity partners, delving deeper into the under-served in the Singapore society, and identifying gaps and pockets of opportunities to make a difference to these communities. Read the rest of this entry »

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!

Photos from Sands Expo Urban Gardening Program

September 11th, 2013 | Lisa Witherell

Following up on my previous blog post, here are some photos from our “Plant it for the Planet” urban gardening program last Friday at a Las Vegas middle school.

One of the plaques commemorating the start of the yearlong venture

One of the plaques commemorating the start of the yearlong venture

Getting the kids motivated to plant

Getting the kids motivated to plant

Building the garden frames

Building the garden frames

Getting the soil ready

Getting the soil ready

Students planting

Students planting

Learning how to plant

Learning how to plant

Great team work

Great team work

20 kinds of vegetables and herbs were planted by Sands Expo team members, students, parents and faculty

20 kinds of vegetables and herbs were planted by Sands Expo team members, students, parents and faculty

Sands Expo–with support from Green our Planet and Garden Farms of Nevada–has established an urban gardening program at a local middle school.

This project, dubbed “Plant It for the Planet”, kicked off Friday, September 6th with the presentation of a Proclamation from Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, the installation of plaques commemorating the start of the yearlong venture, and the planting of 20 kinds of vegetables and herbs by Sands Expo team members, students, parents and faculty.

The selected school is a recipient of Title 1 funding, and recently joined the STEM Education program, a national endeavor where core academic subjects and classroom instruction emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Throughout the school year, the urban gardening project will be integrated into these aspects of the curriculum.

Students having fun with greens

Students having fun with greens

Continued involvement from Sands Expo will provide supplemental opportunities for students and their families to learn about nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, sustainability, and how projects like this promote personal growth and a sense of self-reliance.

Sands Expo remains dedicated to establishing and strengthening collaborative efforts between “corporation” and “community”, and expects that this urban gardening project represents the first of many.

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.