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.
Travel 250 million years back in time. At The Venetian Macao, you can now come face to face with dinosaur models like you’ve never seen before. They breathe, they move, they make sounds. The closest thing in the world to seeing a live dinosaur.
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.
Living Asia Channel recently produced a short film that nicely captures Macao, revealing its unique blend of colonial European architecture, Chinese culture and history, and modern hotels and entertainment. If you’re planning a trip to Macao–or just want to get a flavor of this wonderful city–then you’ll enjoy the footage and overview in their video below.
"Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a cosmopolitan city that combines the most modern infrastructures and the status as an economic, financial, administrative and service centre, with a large cultural and artistic heritage, a legacy of centuries of exciting history," from Spain.info, the official tourism portal for Spain.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Las Vegas Sands announced today that it has chosen Madrid, Spain as the preferred location to build an integrated resort development for the European market. The company said it has now completed the first phase of its extensive due diligence efforts and will move to the next phase of those activities, which will include among other things, determination of size, scope, specific location, and financing options from the capital markets for the project.
The company has consistently said it will allocate approximately 25-35 percent equity for the proposed development. The company added that the process is still very much in the early phases and progress towards resolution of the current economic challenges within Europe will be an important consideration.
“We would like to thank people in both Madrid and Barcelona for the time and effort they have dedicated to this process. We have met so many tremendous supporters of both cities and are thankful for the friendships we have developed,” said Mr. Sheldon G. Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp.
“The regional government of Madrid has been a strong advocate for this potential development and we are appreciative of the energy they have brought to this process,” continued Mr. Adelson. “Barcelona is an outstanding tourism destination and choosing Madrid over Barcelona was not an easy selection. We also want to express our deepest gratitude to the people both within the Barcelona government and those who served as consultants or advisors to us there while we went through our evaluation process.”
Mr. Adelson said that while the process in Spain plays out, the company will still continue to aggressively focus on a variety of other development opportunities, specifically in the Asian countries of Japan, Korea and Vietnam.
Marina Bay Sands' 150-meter infinity pool is the world’s largest outdoor pool at that height. At sunset, it is also one of the most beautiful spots on earth.
Mark Chesnut at Orbitz Blog: Not all hotel swimming pools are created equal. Some exude a decidedly cool ambiance. Some have great views. While others are architectural wonders, where swimming seems almost like a gravity-defying act…. For some of the most exciting hotel pool experiences, head across the Pacific. In China, you can swim laps at the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong, in a rooftop pool that extends beyond the building itself, with a glass bottom providing dramatic views below. And guests at the Marina Bay Sands, a 2,500-room property in Singapore, can make use of the Sands SkyPark, an oasis that stretches across three 55-story towers, with an infinity swimming pool that’s billed as the world’s largest outdoor pool at that height—or, perhaps we should say, altitude.
Las Vegas Sun: “Perfect, perfect, perfect!” That’s how art historian Dr. Carlo Pedretti described “Horse and Rider,” the Leonardo da Vinci sculpture whose mold and original bronze cast were put on view to the public for the first time Tuesday inside the Imagine Exhibitions Gallery’s “Da Vinci — The Genius” exhibit at the Venetian.
Leonardo da Vinci's “Horse and Rider” sculpture displayed at the Imagine Exhibitions Gallery in The Venetian
A renowned expert on the life and works of da Vinci, Pedretti’s words didn’t come easily — particularly given that the work is considered to be the only surviving examples of da Vinci’s sculpture work.
The original sculpture, thought to be a study for a larger equine portrait of da Vinci’s friend and patron Charles D’Amboise, was crafted over 500 years ago from a block of beeswax. While the artist’s casting process was never completed, a mold and bronze cast were made from the work in 1985. “Horse and Rider,” owned by businessman and civil engineer Richard A. Lewis, has only been shown in private gatherings before Tuesday’s unveiling.
Collectively, they’ve sold 70 million albums, won eight Grammy Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, 14 American Music Awards, seven People’s Choice Awards and 26 Academy of Country Music Awards. Yesterday, at a live ‘town-hall’ press conference, The Venetian Las Vegas announced the biggest musical event in its history: the arrival of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “Soul2Soul.” This limited engagement, which opens on Dec. 7 and covers 10 weekends through April 2013, will take place at our 1,815-seat Venetian Theater.