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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.

Inaugural UFC Fight Night Singapore

January 8th, 2014 | Bhavna Moolani

There was much to celebrate here in Singapore on the first weekend of the New Year!
Not only did Marina Bay Sands play host to South East Asia’s inaugural UFC Fight Night, hometown boy Royston Wee emerged on top by unanimous decision after dominating all three rounds against Philippines’ Dave Galera. What a remarkable night it was as thousands cheered on our local MMA hero!

Royston Wee vs Dave Galera

Royston Wee vs Dave Galera

Wee won by a unanimous decision 30 to 26 in the Bantamweight division

Wee won by a unanimous decision 30 to 26 in the Bantamweight division.

Marina Bay Sands is now a hotspot for world famous athletes and sporting events. UFC Fight Night Singapore is indeed a sign of more great events to come this year.
Cheers to a splendid 2014 ahead!

Here’s a look back at some highlights from UFC Fight Night Singapore:

5,200 fans joined us on 4 January 2014 at the first-ever UFC Fight Night in S.E.A  held at Sands Expo and Convention Centre

5,200 fans joined us on 4 January 2014 at the first-ever UFC Fight Night in S.E.A
held at Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

Main Card: Saffiedine vs Lim

Main Card: Saffiedine vs Lim

Lim showed great heart in the main event against former Strikeforce Welterweight champion Saffiedine who won after 5 grueling rounds

Lim showed great heart in the main event against former Strikeforce Welterweight champion
Saffiedine who won after 5 grueling rounds.

 

 

Sands for Singapore: Closing 2013 on a High Note

December 30th, 2013 | Philicia Tan

We ended 2013 on a high, with meaningful events lined-up for Sands for Singapore, Marina Bay Sands’ corporate social responsibility programme. In the festive spirit of giving, we were able to show continued support to our beneficiaries, and bring a smile to their faces. Here’s a quick look back at the last few months of 2013.

On 27 November, we recognized the dedication and commitment of our 350 Team Member Volunteers with the first Sands for Singapore Volunteer Appreciation Tea 2013. President and Chief Executive Officer, George Tanasijevich and other senior executives who were present at this heart-warming event made the rounds to personally thank volunteers for their support throughout the year.

Nadi Singapura’s band - The Calling- dazzling the audience at Sands for Singapore Volunteer Appreciation Tea crowd with their energetic performance

Nadi Singapura’s band – The Calling- dazzling the audience at Sands for Singapore Volunteer Appreciation Tea crowd with their energetic performance

President and Chief Executive Officer, George Tanasijevich thanking Sands for Singapore volunteers

President and Chief Executive Officer, George Tanasijevich thanking Sands for Singapore volunteers

48 Children from En Community Services visited the Sands SkyPark and the Winter Wonderland set at the Skating Rink at The Shoppes on 28 November. There, the children took photos with ‘Santa’, participated in the interactive Ballerina performance before ending the evening with the story of The Christmas Tale.

Students and Team Member Volunteers at the Winter Wonderland set

Students and Team Member Volunteers at the Winter Wonderland set

Soaking in the view from the Sands SkyPark

Soaking in the view from the Sands SkyPark

ChildAid 2013: The Carnival Edition was held at the Sands Theatre from 6-7 December.  This is the second year Marina Bay Sands was the official venue partner for the concert that raised a record sum of S$2.035 million for the BT Budding Artists Fund and ST School Pocket Money Fund. The talented young cast of singers, dancers, musicians and even aerial acrobats thrilled audiences during their 3 performances over the 2 days.

Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong with SPH Holdings Chief Executive Alan Chan and Marina Bay Sands President and CEO, George Tanasijevich at the cheque presentation at ChildAid2013

Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong with SPH Holdings Chief Executive Alan Chan and Marina Bay Sands President and CEO, George Tanasijevich at the cheque presentation at ChildAid2013

ChildAid performers

ChildAid performers

There are numerous events to look forward to in 2014 and in keeping with our commitment to active community engagement and  volunteerism, we will continue to serve Singapore with open hearts.

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

The Golden Temple in India made it. St. Mark’s Square in Venice, too. Nothing incredibly surprising there, perhaps. But our very own Marina Bay Sands in Singapore? One of the most visited Facebook sites in the world? Yes. Yes, it is.

Facebook just unveiled the 25 most popular locations of 2013, as part of its end of year review. Marina Bay Sands was the only integrated resort to make the list. It was also one of only six locations representing Asia.

We want to thank everyone who visited our Facebook pages over the last year, and we want to especially congratulate our team in Singapore for their spectacular and dynamic social media. You’ve raised the bar not just for our other resorts, but for the whole industry. Well done.

To read the article and view the full list, click here.

Appreciating The Beautiful

December 11th, 2013 | Philicia Tan

If you’ve visited ArtScience Museum in the last few months, you would have noticed a monumental flower sculpture right outside the Museum entrance.

This isn’t just any installation; it happens to be the world’s largest art installation by Croatian-born artist, Ana Tzarev called Love & Peace.

This massive floral sculpture is not just visually stunning, but looks to evoke the sense of a unified human spirit through the universal themes of love and peace.

See more photos within the ArtScience Museum Facebook album.

Curious as to how the installation was set-up overnight? See it here.

The #lovepeaceflower in a vibrant Paris Red as seen outside ArtScience Museum

The #lovepeaceflower in a vibrant Paris Red as seen outside ArtScience Museum

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.

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 »

Achieving Sporting Success

October 14th, 2013 | Jonathan Vista

Marina Bay Sands Team Members have achieved new highs and set records in the last few months at various Singapore Hotel Association (SHA) sporting events. These events are well represented by the best athletes and sports persons working in Singapore’s hotel industry.

Our medal tally for 2013 is as follows:

Gold for the 31st SHA Inter-Hotel Soccer League 2013,

First Runner-Up at the 32nd SHA Inter-Hotel Athletic Meet and

Team Challenge Trophy at the 31st SHA Inter-Hotel Bowling Tournament 2013.

It was exhilarating to be at these events cheering on our teams. It also gave me an opportunity to meet some of our Team Members who have been instrumental in helping us to achieve these successes.

Assistant Team Manager for Soccer, Jun Tan played for the team back in 2012. In a Centre Back position, he was an influential figure. He has an amiable personality and was often motivating players with his guiding words of wisdom. This year, Jun took on the role of Assistant Team Manager to assist Head Coach Rames.

Jun is a true football fanatic. During his free time, when he isn’t busy training with the team, Jun can be seen rubbing elbows with notable football stars. He manages his own Football blog site – Junpiter Futbol to showcase the world of football.

Although it was only our second outing as an Athletics Team, we surpassed our own expectations to finish 2nd place in this year’s SHA Inter-Hotel Athletic Meet competition. We came out strong this year thanks to an intensive 4-month training course and the commitment of the whole team to train rain or shine.

Athletics Team Manager Cindy Hau and myself, also a Team Manager, are very proud of the team. We believe that the close bond developed during training is our key success factor. Go Magnificent Athletes!

Team Captain for Bowling, Lawrence Lim has participated in the SHA Bowling Competitions since 2011. He was determined to win the coveted Team Challenge Trophy and was extremely pleased when our Bowling Team triumphantly took home the trophy this year along with other individual achievements. The team looks forward to defending their title in 2014.

In addition to great sports men and women, we have passionate Team Members who lend their skills and expertise in support of fellow colleagues. Al Nathaniel Ongsuco first made an appearance with his passion for Basketball on Sands Confidential in 2011. He then went on to win our in-house reality TV service programme – The Service Challenge in 2012. He continues to spread his passion through his artistic skills in 2013 with posters and logos for our sports teams. A fellow Team Manager for Athletics, he also designed the uniforms of the Magnificent Athletics team.

These achievements are a clear testimony of the abundant talents at Marina Bay Sands! Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to all our supporters!

Team Marina Bay Sands!  (Left-right) Team Manager (Athletics) and Athlete, Cindy Hau, Athlete, Jean Ho, Athlete, Indika Bandara, Head Coach and Team Manager (Soccer), Rames Algasamy,  Assistant Head Coach and Team Manager (Soccer) Jun Tan, Team Manager (Bowling) and Bowler, Lawrence Lim, Bowler, Steven Yee and Bowler, Rain Cai

Team Marina Bay Sands!
(Left-right) Team Manager (Athletics) and Athlete, Cindy Hau, Athlete, Jean Ho, Athlete, Indika Bandara, Head Coach and Team Manager (Soccer), Rames Algasamy, Assistant Head Coach and Team Manager (Soccer) Jun Tan, Team Manager (Bowling) and Bowler, Lawrence Lim, Bowler, Steven Yee and Bowler, Rain Cai

Magnificence 25 - 31st SHA Inter-Hotel Soccer League 2013 Champions!

Magnificence 25 – 31st SHA Inter-Hotel Soccer League 2013 Champions!

Assistant Team Manager for Soccer, Jun Tan posing with the gold

Assistant Team Manager for Soccer, Jun Tan posing with the gold

(left-right) Team Manager and Magnificent Athlete Cindy Hau, Coach Alfred Sim, Team Manager Jonathan Vista and Coach Ronnie Cai Photo Credits: Han Chek Siew

(left-right) Team Manager and Magnificent Athlete Cindy Hau, Coach Alfred Sim, Team Manager Jonathan Vista and Coach Ronnie Cai
Photo Credits: Han Chek Siew

Sands for Singapore Festival Kicks Off

July 31st, 2013 | Bhavna Moolani

What do David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand, John Barnes, Robbie Fowler and Peter Crouch have in common? (Hint: It is something other than football)

These sporting superstars were recently at Marina Bay Sands as part of Sands for Singapore, ahead of the Sands for Singapore Festival which will be held in August.

The legendary and very passionate Beckham recently stopped by our little red dot and joined us in our initiative to give back to the community. Sixty local children between the ages of 8 and 17 from The Guardian Academy and students from Singapore Association for the Deaf’s affiliated schools were given an opportunity to meet and be inspired by him.

He also kicked off the Sands for Singapore Festival by signing a jersey that will form the centrepiece of “The Art of Shopping” where the public will be able to view and bid for the signed jersey during the festival with all proceeds to benefit local charity, Art Outreach.

David Beckham signs jersey for charity

David Beckham signs jersey for charity

Not long before that, 18 Premier League Superstars were at The Shoppes to conduct an exclusive football clinic for 60 students from The Guardian Academy. The lucky and excited kids were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try their hand at juggling, dribbling and taking a penalty.

Football clinic for 60 lucky students

Football clinic for 60 lucky students

 

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Learning from the best

From 16 – 18 August, Marina Bay Sands will be giving back to Singapore with the inaugural Sands for Singapore Festival. Read more about it here.