The picture is an artist’s rendering of our upcoming event center in Bethlehem. The Morning Call provides more details:
The new events center, under construction at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, has been designed by Howard Kulp Architects of Salisbury Township.
The 50,000-square-foot center will include space to seat 2,250 concertgoers or up to 3,500 standing and be reconfigured for conventions and other attractions like mixed martial arts competitions. The center is expected to book big-name acts through Live Nation Entertainment, one of the biggest marketers in the business. Live Nation was brought on board by Vision Entertainment Group, which partnered with the Sands on the project.
On the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we pause to remember those who lost their lives and loved ones. The newly installed LED signs on each tower of The Palazzo now feature a streaming American Flag on the 14-foot letters, to show we will never forget.
Throughout the past week, our team members have also been signing their names to special flag cutouts, in an expression of solidarity with their fellow citizens. The flag cutouts are now placed in a specially designated area of our resorts called the ‘heart of the house.’ In Bethlehem, our team members at the Sands Casino Resort are handing out commemorative 9/11 pins at the entrance to the first 10,000 guests starting at 9AM on September 11.
We remember and salute all those hurt on that evil day. Our thoughts are with the families and friends they left behind.
If you haven’t heard yet, we added an important new component to our green initiatives: Sands Eco 360˚ Meetings. Its goals are to improve human health, eliminate waste, support local produce, and protect endangered ecosystems.
Under this plan, an array of standard and optional services is now available at all meetings and conventions held at our properties in Las Vegas.
Examples of services include: using dishware to minimize use of disposables; recycling food waste as animal feed; donating left-over materials and food from trade-shows to charities; using water in pitchers rather than individual plastic bottles; offering organic menus with vegetarian options; providing seafood according to the Marine Watch and/or Blue Ocean programs; recycling solid waste including glass, plastics, aluminum, cardboard, and paper; and using electronic tools and recycled products to reduce paper consumption.
Right now this groundbreaking program is implemented in Las Vegas, and we will expand to our global properties in the future.
“The launch of Sands Eco 360° Meetings is a natural expansion of Sands’ commitment to respect the environment in a comprehensive and impactful way, and to build a legacy of a cleaner and safer world for future generations,” said Michael Leven, president and chief operating officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. “It is also the right thing for Las Vegas Sands to do for our group customers, who have a growing interest and dedication to conduct business in an environmentally responsible way. Many of our meeting customers have already benefited from the best-in-class service we can provide, and we’re ready to share these results widely.”
(Our thanks to PublicDomainPictures.net for the above image)
Sending your toddler to daycare can be harrowing.
My wife and I are considering it for our two-year-old. She’s our only child, the one in the close-up photo, the apple of my eye. Putting her in a stranger’s care, whose values and temperament I don’t really know, scares the dickens out of me.
Here at The Venetian and Palazzo we have subsidized on-site childcare. Our company also recently expanded its childcare benefits: We are now partnered with KinderCare, the nation’s largest private childcare and education provider, offering programs for children from six weeks to 12 years old. So now all team members can take their children to seven other major daycare locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
This option is undoubtedly an incredible benefit of working for this company. The financial incentive to enroll our child is strong. All team members enjoy a discount and subsidy that amounts to 45% off the normal daycare rate, which would save us a ton of money each year. But what is the program actually like for the child? [Read More]
In May, we launched the Sands Hotel and Emeril’s Italian Table. In November, we’ll preview The Shoppes at Sands, a luxury mall in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Today, the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem announced the start of construction for an Event Center—50,000 square feet of flexible multi-purpose space, allowing the resort to accommodate meetings, conventions and a variety of entertainment events.
It will add 100 full and part time jobs to the Sands Casino Resort Development Project. It will also offer artists a new option when booking their east coast tours. So expect to see new entertainment choices for the Lehigh Valley, surrounding area residents, and visitors of the Sands Casino Resort.
“We are so pleased to continue expanding our resort during this milestone year and provide new entertainment options for the region,” Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem President Robert DeSalvio said. “We are partnering with Vision Entertainment Group to ensure that the Sands Bethlehem Event Center will provide everything that our guests are seeking when visiting our property. The Event Center will continue to position the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem as a premiere destination for leisure and business travelers.”
The Event Center is scheduled to open in May 2012.
We just keep quoting this guy lately. Richard N. Velotta offers a generous review of the Marina Bay Sands. Money quote:
I’ve seen many extraordinary places in my travels, but the Marina Bay Sands blew me away when I visited last week.
When the elevator doors open on the 57th floor, the first thing you see is the 450-foot infinity swimming pool, the world’s largest outdoor pool at that height. The pool seemingly drops off into the skyline of Singapore’s skyscraper-filled financial district. The Sands SkyPark covers the space of about three football fields and includes that wondrous pool, three lounges and restaurants, a landscaped with 250 trees and 650 plants and a public observation deck that can accommodate hundreds of people at once. The Sands SkyPark rests atop three hotel towers that contain 2,500 rooms and suites. One side of the hotel faces the heart of Singapore; the other, the harbor where ships are at anchor, awaiting their time to offload their goods from all corners of the world.
The hotel has sloping towers and straight legs connected at the 23rd floor to form a single room. In one tower, the slope is as much as 26 degrees. Clearly, it was an engineering challenge. It’s also clear that the government of Singapore, notorious for its attention to long-term planning detail, has to be happy with the end result of the Marina Bay Sands as a key component of its new tourism strategy.
I once heard a journalist ask Mike Leven, our company’s president and chief operating officer, what Las Vegas Sands actually does, and he replied succinctly: “We are in the tourism building business.” There’s evidence for that claim. When the Marina Bay Sands opened, tourism to Singapore shot up 20%, according to the Singapore Tourism Board’s statistics. And here is some more evidence of tourism growth from the Straits Times:
Visitors to Marina Bay Sands (MBS) can now access the integrated resort conveniently by boat. Water taxis plying the Singapore River and Marina Bay will stop at two new landing points along the MBS waterfront by the end of next month. The North Jetty, located next to the ArtScience Museum, opens today. It is run by water taxi operator Singapore River Cruises.