If you’re a tree-hugger like me, you might be wondering how to keep your holiday celebrations “green.” Let’s unwrap some ideas for your consideration:
Replace older holiday lights with low-power versions, such as LEDs.
Start a family tradition of wrapping gifts in the colorful holiday newspaper supplements (then recycle the wrappings). Cutting strips of paper from magazines or newspapers curl just as easily as nylon ribbon, for bows.
Choose gifts that will not ultimately add to the waste stream. For example consumables like food or candles, handmade crafts, donations to a favorite charity, or electronic gift certificates to online stores.
Plan shopping trips in advance so you don’t make extra trips to malls or grocery stores.
If you decorate a tree for the holidays, consider buying a live tree and planting it after your celebrations are done.
Less is more. Politely (and well in advance) agree not to exchange gifts with adult friends and relatives, and instead to do something meaningful together. Buy each child fewer gifts, but better ones.
Those are just some ideas for you to chew on. In any case, I wish you and your family safe and happy holidays.
David Brudney, a charter member of International Society of Hospitality Consultants, published today an account of his meeting with Mike Leven. The whole article is interesting and can be read at HotelNewsNow.com, but here’s a teaser: Read the rest of this entry »
It seemed like any other Saturday afternoon at The Venetian Macao. Crowds milled around the lagoon, lots of souvenir photos being snapped. Among other things, the resort has become a romantic backdrop for newly married couples taking their wedding photos. But on November 26 something quite special happened.
To the sound of Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock, one “groom” started jiving and soon the whole area outside the main lobby was a mass of energetic dancers – this was a FlashMob, a secretly co-ordinated and pre-arranged mass dance in a public space.
Organised by The Venetian Macao’s Resort Marketing team and involving 328 Team Members and volunteers, the FlashMob took visitors, including genuine wedding parties, completely by surprise.
The FlashMob involved meticulous planning, choreography and timing, with strong support from the Entertainment and Visual Media departments among others. Dozens of rehearsals were organised over three weeks before the event to fit with Team Members’ free time. A core of 21 professional dancers led the way joined by staff from all three Sands China properties, The Plaza Macao, Sands Macao and The Venetian Macao. The brainchild of Portuguese Team Member Adriana Lucas, the event was supported by every department with managers going out of their way to alter rosters and shifts to let enthusiastic staff participate. Streetmosphere entertainers rubbed shoulders with housekeeping staff and F&B personnel, and a host of outside volunteers from students to the local Glee Club.
Lasting just four and a half minutes, the FlashMob created new friendships and connections between Team Members. This was no mean feat given that Sands China has approximately 15,000 staff, the biggest employer in town after the government.
“We brought together people from across all age groups, all properties and all departments. People are already asking when the next one will be!” says Adriana.
The FlashMob appeared on local news broadcasts and seems to have caused a spike in people joining our Facebook page, which featured the clip. In just three days on YouTube, more than 8,000 people viewed it. Our Visual Media team is already working on another film chronicling the weeks of behind-the-scenes preparation. Look out for it here soon.
The Wall Street Journal: “Las Vegas Sands Corp. is mulling building a $2 billion tourism complex in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnamese state media said Thursday, citing the company’s Chairman Sheldon Adelson. Sheldon said during a meeting with Ho Chi Minh City authorities Wednesday that the company wants to carry out the project in the city as Vietnam has good potential to attract tourists to the complex and that the country can be a venue for international conferences, reported the official Vietnam News Agency.”
Ho Chi Minh is a city on the rise, energetic and rapidly changing. To get a flavor, here is a beautiful time-lapse film composed of 10,000 RAW images and multiple shoots, revealing the city’s amazing energy, beauty, and potential.
Sands Confidential reader, Chris Rauschnot, kindly sent us this video of Jordin Sparks and John Caparella, president of The Venetian, cutting the ribbon to open our ice skating rink, the only outdoor rink on the Vegas Strip.
And Bill Cody, his brother, caught on camera professional ice skaters on the rink outside The Venetian:
Chris and Bill report on entertainment, travel, tourism, and conventions in Las Vegas. Check out their blog.
Andy Abboud, the company’s vice president of government relations, was recently interviewed about what Las Vegas Sands could bring to Florida, if voters are interested in having one of our integrated resorts in their community. Watch here:
Jonah Cohen (J.C.) oversees online communications for Las Vegas Sands Corp. Passionate about social media, he chronicles the conversations in and around the company. Got a story to share? Send him an email.