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!

Palazzo’s New Autumn Display Focuses on Sustainability

September 27th, 2013 | Rishi Tirupari

Focus is on green for this season's display at The Palazzo

Focus is on green for this season’s display at The Palazzo

Our autumn display is open free to the public through November 10. The Las Vegas Sun has the story about our environmental motivation for this season’s stunning display:

The picturesque Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens’ fall display was unveiled Tuesday morning, and this year’s focus is on sustainability and being eco-minded and honors Sands Eco360, a program that drives the company’s environmental initiatives. 

The exhibit of trees, flowers and plants reuses materials found on the property to reflect environmentally friendly programs. Highlights include the Infinity Pond (featuring moss, grasses and succulents); the Recycled Forest (construction debris, 70 percent recycled steel, bottles, wine corks and soaps); and the 1934 Hudson car centerpiece made of succulents, lichen, moss, grapevine and some 5,000 drought-resistant plants. 

Also…the East Garden Nano filtration system display represents the properties’ water-reclamation system, which recycles 5 million gallons of nuisance water a year for horticulture; and the West Bed Chocolate Cosmo Flower display made of motion-censored flowers opening and closing in harmony.

Read the rest at the Las Vegas Sun. They also published a terrific photo gallery of the display, taken by the publication’s talented contributing photographer Tom Donoghue.

Fortune Magazine Names LVS Among Fastest Growing Companies

September 26th, 2013 | Ciara Matthews

LVS on Fortune's 100 Fastest-Growing Companies

LVS made Fortune’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies

In case you missed it, Las Vegas Sands took the #36 spot on Fortune’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies.

Not only were we the only Nevada-based company to be named in the September issue, but we were also the only company in the hospitality and leisure industries to make the list.

This was wonderful news, and very motivating. We fully intend to work harder and try to climb even higher.

To read the complete list of fastest growing companies, click here.

The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas with green exterior lights.

The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas with green exterior lights.

You may have noticed recently that The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas colored their exterior lights green. Why? Because we wanted to celebrate the fact that our convention and meetings complex, including Sands Expo, became the first venue in the world to receive the advanced Level Two industry certification for environmentally sustainable meetings and events. VegasNews.com covered the story:

The certification – called Level Two Certification to the ASTM Standard – is a designation of the meeting industry’s comprehensive standards for environmentally sustainable meetings, created through a partnership of the Convention Industry Council’s APEX initiative and ASTM International. This designation is considered the most relevant to the meetings industry because it reflects standards that are catered to meetings, events, trade shows and conferences. In addition, it is backed by ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards.

Read the rest here.

Photos from Sands Expo Urban Gardening Program

September 11th, 2013 | Lisa Witherell

Following up on my previous blog post, here are some photos from our “Plant it for the Planet” urban gardening program last Friday at a Las Vegas middle school.

One of the plaques commemorating the start of the yearlong venture

One of the plaques commemorating the start of the yearlong venture

Getting the kids motivated to plant

Getting the kids motivated to plant

Building the garden frames

Building the garden frames

Getting the soil ready

Getting the soil ready

Students planting

Students planting

Learning how to plant

Learning how to plant

Great team work

Great team work

20 kinds of vegetables and herbs were planted by Sands Expo team members, students, parents and faculty

20 kinds of vegetables and herbs were planted by Sands Expo team members, students, parents and faculty

Sands Expo–with support from Green our Planet and Garden Farms of Nevada–has established an urban gardening program at a local middle school.

This project, dubbed “Plant It for the Planet”, kicked off Friday, September 6th with the presentation of a Proclamation from Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, the installation of plaques commemorating the start of the yearlong venture, and the planting of 20 kinds of vegetables and herbs by Sands Expo team members, students, parents and faculty.

The selected school is a recipient of Title 1 funding, and recently joined the STEM Education program, a national endeavor where core academic subjects and classroom instruction emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Throughout the school year, the urban gardening project will be integrated into these aspects of the curriculum.

Students having fun with greens

Students having fun with greens

Continued involvement from Sands Expo will provide supplemental opportunities for students and their families to learn about nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, sustainability, and how projects like this promote personal growth and a sense of self-reliance.

Sands Expo remains dedicated to establishing and strengthening collaborative efforts between “corporation” and “community”, and expects that this urban gardening project represents the first of many.

Legendary Paul Anka at The Palazzo

September 10th, 2013 | Administrator

Don't miss legendary Paul Anka at The Palazzo

Don’t miss legendary Paul Anka at The Palazzo

Paul Anka—legendary singer, songwriter & actor—will be playing at the Palazzo Theater. Best known for such hits as “Diana”, “Lonely Boy”, “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” and for penning “My Way” and “She’s a Lady”, he is currently enjoying the success of his top 10 New York Times Bestseller My Way and his new Sony “Duets” CD. Tickets are now on sale for this extraordinary show.

Show: Paul Anka
Date: Sept. 13th
Time: 8:00pm PST (doors open at 7:00pm PST)
Venue: Palazzo Theater
Ticket Prices: $123.00 (VIP); $68.00 (PATRON)

Las Vegas Sands has issued a challenge. For the first time in the hotel industry, we are asking UNLV students to discover new ways for us to raise the environmental standards of our operations. This coming Monday—September 9, 2013, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.–is the UNLV/Las Vegas Sands Sustainable Hospitality Summit, which will bring together current and future leaders in sustainability.

What is most exciting, at the event we will introduce the UNLV/Las Vegas Sands Sustainable Hospitality Student Challenge. The intent is to spark the innovation needed to leave a cleaner and safer environment for future generations.

Student teams participating in the challenge will be asked to research, create and develop a plan to help Las Vegas Sands achieve even greener operations. The winning student or team will be awarded a $50,000 academic achievement award and the chance to have their idea implemented at The Venetian|The Palazzo resorts in Las Vegas.

If you’re interested in coming–and we hope you are–then join us on Monday, September 9, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Philip J. Cohen Theatre inside the UNLV Student Union.

Teens enjoying the new center for the Las Vegas Boys and Girls Club

Teens enjoying the new center for the Las Vegas Boys and Girls Club

Local teens kicked off the 2013 school year with a party at the Lied Memorial Boys and Girls Club’s new teen center, a space recently gifted to the Club by Sands Expo. The party, also hosted by Sands Expo, featured resident TAO Group and LAVO DJ Jason Lema, a former Boys and Girls Club member whose participation took place on behalf of TAO Cares.

In addition to providing items including furniture, foam core for creating artwork, and white boards and cork boards, Sands Expo facilitated and coordinated the donations of paint and supplies from Frazee, carpet from Freeman, and books from the Teacher Exchange Program. Sands Expo team members also volunteered in the creation of the space by painting and raising funds to pay for the carpet installation.

“This is a really cool space, and we are grateful to be able to offer our teens a place to go where they can hang out with friends, study, seek guidance, and just be themselves,” said Fiztslona Johnson, clubhouse director. “Sands Expo exceeded our expectations, both with this renovation and with such an incredible, fun party to welcome these kids, many of whom have never before been to our Club.”

LAVO DJ Jason Lema gettin' the party started

LAVO DJ Jason Lema gettin’ the party started

“I am amazed by the level of commitment and enthusiasm the Sands Expo team had for this project,” commented Ashlyn LaPorte, executive director of Sands Expo. “We have staff who either grew up attending a Boys and Girls Club or whose children are spending time at a Club today, so for many of us this has been a personal calling.  I’m equally proud of the fact that partners like Freeman, Encore Productions and Frazee Paint were so quick to join in.  When you include TAO and other local businesses supporting the opening event, it shows how a collective effort can really impact one of the most valuable parts of the community – our children.”

Click here to read the article featured in the Las Vegas Sun, with a gallery of photos from the event.

Click Here to view before-and-after pictures featured on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas website.