Archive for the ‘Team Members’ Category

Venetian | Palazzo Marketing Wins HSMAI Awards

April 17th, 2014 | Darcy Martinez

We are proud to announce that Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) bestowed multiple honors on the Venetian | Palazzo Marketing Team in 2013. Each year, HSMAI, a worldwide organization of sales and marketing professionals representing all segments of the hospitality, travel and tourism industry, honors outstanding achievement in advertising, public relations and digital marketing with its Adrian Awards. These awards recognize “creative brilliance and best practices in hospitality, travel and tourism-related marketing.”

Last year, the Adrian Awards commended the Venetian | Palazzo Marketing Team with a Gold Award in Advertising for its Winter in Venice campaign, a Gold Award in Public Relations for the Grazie Diamond employee program, a Silver Award in Advertising for its “Indescribable” television commercial for The Palazzo and a Bronze Award in Advertising for the Culinary Clash campaign.

Congratulations to the entire team on a job well done!

HSMAI Awards

The Brand Marketing team at The Venetian | Palazzo

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 www.sandscares.sands.com.

The Lost Boys: A Journey to Las Vegas

April 2nd, 2014 | Ciara Matthews

The Lost Boys in Las Vegas

The Lost Boys in Las Vegas

David Magazine recently published an article chronicling the incredibly journey of some of our heroic team members from the South Sudan. The Lost Boys, as they and more than 20,000 other refugees during the Second Sudanese Civil War are known, are a truly inspiring story of triumph and resilience in the face of adversity. They have proven valuable assets in their roles at The Venetian and Palazzo. We are proud to have them as a part of the Las Vegas Sands family. To read the full article, click here.

 

Las Vegas Sands Prepares for Earth Hour 2014

March 27th, 2014 | Ciara Matthews

For the fifth consecutive year, the Sands Eco 360° team will be participating in Earth Hour. The worldwide movement, organized by the World Wildlife Fund, challenges organizations and individuals alike to take part in sustainable practices by turning off their lights for one hour on March 29th from 8:30pm-9:30pm. In addition to all of our properties shutting off their exterior lights, we will be rewarding the property with the highest Team Member participation with up to $10,000 which will be donated to the eco-friendly charity of the winning property’s choice.

Our goal is to continue to push the boundaries of energy awareness by engaging both our internal and external stakeholders. By participating in Earth Hour, a global event that spans over 7,000 cities around the world, we are able to increase awareness regarding energy conservation and the impact we each have on our planet.

We understand the importance of sustainability and we encourage you to “Use Your Power” and join us in Earth Hour 2014!

Marina Bay Sands

Earth Hour at Marina Bay Sands

Las Vegas Sands Team Members supporting Earth Hour

Las Vegas Sands Team Members supporting Earth Hour

 

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.

Sands China: Yearend Thank You to Macao Team Members

December 31st, 2013 | Kenny Coyle

Sands China awards team members for outstanding services to the company at the first Because We Care awards ceremony Tuesday at The Venetian Macao.

Sands China awards team members for outstanding services to the company at the first Because We Care awards ceremony Tuesday at The Venetian Macao.

As Macao’s largest developer of integrated resorts, serving 52 million visitors in 2012, Sands China’s team members are its most valuable asset. On Tuesday we honored 67 outstanding team members in six categories for their dedication to the company. The ceremony inaugurated our Because We Care Team Member Awards, set to be held on a regular basis.

After receiving 380 nominations from team members, followed by nearly 14,000 votes from within the company, the winners were selected after many levels of assessment. All the winners, whether individuals or team, demonstrated the company’s core values: We Are Friendly; We Are Professional; We Are Active Listeners; and We Are One Team.

The six distinct award categories were the People’s Choice Award, the Impressive Performance Award, the Influential Service, the Best Leadership Award, the Exceptional Spirit Award, and the Outstanding Teamwork Award. Trophies and value pins were specially designed and given along with a cash prize of MOP20,000 for each winner. Friends and family members were invited to attend the ceremony, together with around 700 team members and management staff.

Sands China greatly appreciates the integrity and important role played by its employees, all of whom have made hospitality and service to others their life’s work. Their career choice, in fact, says a great deal about who they are as people; it speaks to their natural generosity and desire to serve others, which is the basis of our industry. Currently, Sands China has over 25,000 employees, almost half of whom have served our guests for over five consecutive years. This year alone around 1,000 Macao residents have been promoted. And our team members have chosen to do over 150,000 hours of training and development, so as to continually improve service. Additionally, to prepare around 1,000 local employees for managerial position for both existing and future projects, Sands China develops and delivers executive development, service leadership, talent development and language courses for them.

To our fantastic team, thank you for your hard work last year. We look forward to 2014 with you. Best wishes to all in the New Year!

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.

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

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!

We are the Champions!

July 30th, 2013 | Jonathan Vista

Congratulations to our Marina Bay Sands Soccer Team – Magnificence 25 for clinching the 31st Singapore Hotel Association (SHA) Inter-Hotel Soccer League 2013 Championship.

Our team edged out arch rivals Resorts World Sentosa 2-1 in extra time on Thursday, 27 June 2013.

Marina Bay Sands played a total of 7 games in this year’s tournament against other Singapore Hotels and was undefeated all the way. Congratulations to Coach Rames Algasamy, Assistant Coach Jun Tan and the Magnificence 25 squad!

A big thank you goes out to all Team Members who came down and supported Magnificence 25. Special thanks to Tony Lim, Yasin Rahim and Stephen Chin for capturing some amazing pictures.

A photo montage of all the excitement and action on Championship Day

A photo montage of all the excitement and action on Championship Day