There are two resort-casinos, each less than two years old, in Singapore. There are 41 on the Las Vegas Strip alone. Yet somehow Singapore is set to generate more gaming revenue than Las Vegas. How is that possible? According to MSNBC, the answer may have something to do with what’s outside the casinos.
January 27th, 2012 | J.C.
January 25th, 2012 | Jonathan Vista
We define exercise in our own unique ways and many Team Members make it a point to engage in sporting activity whenever we can. My previous post featured the Basketball Fever that took Marina Bay Sands by storm.
There are some Team Members among us who stand out as sports persons. Marketing Executive Qingyi ‘Micky’ Lin is one of them. In the photo to your right, she was recently named ‘Co-Captain’ of the Singapore National Netball Team. Micky has represented Singapore in many tournaments including The World Netball Championship, The Commonwealth Games and the more recent FairPrice Foundation Nations Cup 2011 in December. [Read More]
January 23rd, 2012 | Jeff Birchmeier
Say hello to one of our founding team members in Las Vegas: Tonya Satterwhite. She is a sales agent on the butler services team.
A Las Vegas native who has been working for The Venetian since April 19, 1999, she came to us after completing a program hosted by our founder Sheldon Adelson. While at The College of Southern Nevada, she was excited to be one of only 50 people selected to be part of Mr. Adelson’s program. Out of those 50, only she and one other person were chosen to become team members at our awesome property! She still, to this day, believes strongly that one of our original tenets—“A Place Like No Other, People Like No Other”—is true. More than ever it’s true, she says. After working for 8 ½ years on our telecommunications team, she transitioned to butler services and loves working with her team.
Her favorite things about working and The Venetian and The Palazzo are our benefits program and the team environment that she experiences here. [Read More]
January 20th, 2012 | J.C.
January 19th, 2012 | J.C.
Following up on Afshin’s article, here are some photos and clips. What’s most amazing is Rodman’s makeup didn’t run.
January 17th, 2012 | Afshin Ravanbaksh
It’s not often that you get to see fantasy meet reality, but that’s exactly what happened December 18, when basketball great Dennis Rodman got a colourful makeover – à la Cirque du Soleil – ahead of his exhibition match at The Venetian Macao.
Known as much for his off-the-court flamboyance as he is for his on-the-court defensive skills, Rodman didn’t disappoint, as he put on a great show for fans at the CotaiArena, with a little help from the talented makeup artists at ZAiA.
Rodman was in Macao for US Pro-Ball Legend Asia Tour 2011, which brought together some of basketballs greatest players, including Scottie Pippen, Penny Hardaway and Gary Payton. The former pros played a fantastic game in front of the CotaiArena fans, demonstrating exactly the type of impressive skills that have made them enduring legends of the sport. The day before the big game, their coaches put on a very successful basketball clinic for some of the members of the Macau China Basketball Association Training Team, but only after giving the young Macao athletes a rare opportunity to watch some of the basketball greats from the tour in a practice session.
January 17th, 2012 | J.C.
Afshin joined The Venetian Macao in August 2011 as Public Relations Manager in charge of editorial content. He’s a journalist by training, having worked at CNN, The Weather Channel, and as a freelance video editor. A native of Iran, he grew up in southern Louisiana and has lived in Asia a total of eight years. His passions include music, technology and tennis, and he’s the proud father of four girls. We’re glad he’s joined the blog. His first post tells about the day basketball great Dennis Rodman–and other greats–came to play ball in Macau.
January 16th, 2012 | J.C.
Yesterday was the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., America’s greatest civil rights leader and Nobel laureate. He was only 35 years old when he was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize, making him the youngest man to have received the award. We hope all our team members will take some time today to reflect on Dr. King and his legacy.
January 13th, 2012 | J.C.
Marcia Friedman’s terrific interview with “Philanthropist Extraordinaire Sheldon Adelson.”
What was it like growing up so impoverished?
For several years the whole family – my parents, two brothers, and my sister – lived in one bedroom. The living room was a storefront where my mother ran a knitting store. Besides that, there was a little sitting area, a bathroom, and a kitchen. But there was always this blue and white pushke on the kitchen table. My dad, being a cab driver, always came home with a lot of change in his pocket, so he would take all the change in his pocket and put it into the pushke.
One day I asked him what he was doing and he said, “I’m filling the box.” I asked him what happens when it gets full and he said, “I take it down to the place,” which turned out to be the Federation office. “They empty it and give it to poor people, then give it back to me and I fill it up again.”
I said, “But Daddy, aren’t we poor?” He said, “Yeah, we’re poor, but there’s always somebody who’s more poor and you have to help take care of them.” I didn’t want to believe that, because nobody ever helped me. I had to do everything on my own. He made me promise that I would put money in a pushke every day. I don’t quite do it like that, but I think he’ll forgive me because I do it “in bulk.”
Read the rest here.
January 12th, 2012 | Bhavna Moolani
I have always dreamed of jumping off a plane somewhere in New Zealand but haven’t gotten around to doing so. This year, instead of spending my New Year’s morning recovering from a night of celebration, I was privileged to be a part of what I consider the most exciting event at Marina Bay Sands yet!
At 8.30am on New Year’s Day, I had my iPhone pointed towards the sky as 6 daredevil BASE jumpers leaped off the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck. Talk about throwing yourself into the New Year! Watching the bright yellow parachutes float down onto the Bayfront Bridge was truly a sight and I am so glad that I got to share the moment with our Twitter followers that morning.
Your turn. Let me tell you, I had the chance to be at the SkyPark during their practice jump a couple of days earlier. It was a completely different experience from being on the ground as I got to have a look at the excitement on the jumpers’ faces.
Kicking off the New Year by being a small part of this adrenaline-pumping event must be a sign for me to fulfill my dream this year. Happy New Year everyone!