Gene Capuano, vice president of convention & exhibition operations, accepts IIFA's green sustainability award on behalf of The Venetian Macao. The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA).

Gene Capuano, vice president of convention & exhibition operations, accepts IIFA’s sustainability award on behalf of The Venetian Macao.

At the recent International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend, The Venetian Macao was honored with a partner award for creating the Green IIFA sustainability program. While celebrating the talent and creativity of Indian Cinema–with fun-filled activities that gave fans the opportunity to meet their favorite stars–The Venetian Macao implemented an array of environmentally-friendly initiatives throughout the event.

Among the green initiatives were state-of-the art water flow controllers; advanced energy conserving technologies that monitored lights and air conditioning; and energy-efficient audio-visual equipment. The Venetian Macao also introduced a variety of organic, vegetarian and sustainable seafood items into the food menus, as well as carried out a mass recycling program (including soap recycling in partnership with Clean The World). Even the runway carpet that the film stars walked down was green—literally and figuratively—to represent our shared dedication to sustainability and healthy living.

In the end, these and other sustainability measures helped solidify The Venetian Macao as a leading green meetings venue in Asia. 

Gene Capuano, the Venetian Macao vice-president of convention and exhibition operations, accepted the award and said he was grateful to the IIFA for their recognition. “Our entire operations team is on board with creating more environmentally responsible events for our clients,” he said. “Being able to educate and support them with these initiatives is of the utmost importance to us.”

The IIFA’s long-time commitment to sustainability, he said, made the award especially gratifying to receive.

Because of Sands Expo's "Waste Not Policy" thousands of pounds of medical supplies have been distributed to the elderly, women and children’s shelters.

Because of Sands Expo’s “Waste Not Policy” thousands of pounds of medical supplies have been distributed to the elderly, women and children’s shelters.

We’re excited to report that Sands Expo is in the running for Trade Show Executive’s “Innovation Award,” nominated in the category of “Most Innovative Green Initiatives by a Convention Center.”

Sands Expo takes coalition building to another level, combining sustainability efforts and community outreach in a way unmatched by industry peers. Frustrated by the amount and variety of materials discarded after trade shows, the company established a “Waste Not Policy” that led to the creation of a “personalized” donation program. Our staff now works with show organizers to forecast the kinds and quantities of items that may remain after the show, and we meticulously research who could best benefit from these articles. Once a show has closed, materials are collected, transported, and tracked to its destination.

Now, instead of several tons of leftovers sitting in landfills, an incredible range of contributions have occurred – all combining the Sands Eco 360° initiative with unprecedented community outreach. Still a new program, a fast-growing list of organizations have reaped the benefits: a Las Vegas Boys and Girls Club is opening a new teen center; through Soles4Souls, thousands of needy people have shoes to wear; area schools struggling to fund arts programs reuse old signage to create theatre sets; and thousands of pounds of medical supplies have been distributed to the elderly, women and children’s shelters, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s summer camp for kids. 

As you can see, the best part of our “Waste Not Policy” is that everyone wins – client, community, and conference center. If you’d like to request a ballot and vote for us, click here.

Communities in Schools of Nevada


Communities In Schools of Nevada Receives $250,000 Donation from Sands Foundation

The Sands Foundation has donated $250,000 to Communities In Schools of Nevada through a two-year commitment to assist the organization’s efforts to keep students in school across Nevada.

“We admire the work that Communities In Schools of Nevada is doing and hope this contribution will further the organization’s reach,” said Michael Leven, COO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. “LVS is committed to assisting youth and expanding educational opportunities within our communities. We are proud to a partner with CISN as they expand their efforts both inside and out of the classroom.”

The CIS mission is to surround students with a community of support so they can succeed in school and achieve in life.  The local affiliate supports nearly 25,000 students in over 40 schools throughout Southern and Northeastern Nevada, connecting them with critical services such as medical and dental care, mental health counseling services, food, clothing, tutoring, career exploration, academic development and other programs.

“We are honored to receive this incredibly generous contribution from the Sands Foundation,” said Diane Fearon, chief executive officer of CISN. “This gift will help us to continue the mission of CISN and expand our services to more schools across the state. It is because of community partners like Las Vegas Sands  that our youth will have a brighter future.”

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Dane Cook to Perform at Venetian Las Vegas

July 8th, 2013 | Administrator

Dane Cook

Dane Cook

The Venetian Resort Hotel is proud to have Dane Cook to our list of entertainers. Dane Cook will be performing at the Venetian Theatre Oct 11 & Oct 12, 2013 at 9:00PM PST. Here is a little info on Dane Cook. Dane Cook has maintained his reputation as one of today’s most prolific stand up comedians, while simultaneously distinguishing himself as a charismatic and versatile actor in a variety of film and television projects.

Cook will next lend his voice to Disney’s Planes as the lead character Dusty. Dusty is a crop duster plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer, but is not built for racing as he has an unfortunate fear of heights. The story follows Dusty and his friends as he is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible. The animated film will be released in 3D on August 9th.

Cook is well known for his appearances on Comedy Central and HBO specials, and for his successful comedy albums: Harmful If Swallowed; Retaliation; Vicious Circle; Rough Around The Edges: Live From Madison Square Garden; ISolated  INcident; and Dane Cook: I Did My Best – Greatest Hits. Combining energetic physical comedy, clever wordplay and trenchant observations about human behavior, Cook’s unique brand of stand-up and accessible guy-next-door attitude have galvanized audiences of all ages. In 2006, Retaliation became the highest charting comedy album in 28 years and went double platinum, earning him a place alongside best-selling comedy vets Bill Cosby, George Carlin, and Steve Martin.  After inking a multi-faceted production deal with HBO in 2006, Cook created, directed and starred in the network’s nine-part comedy documentary series, Tourgasm and wrote, executive produced and starred in Vicious Circle, a feature-length stand-up event.

Cook recently guest starred on Louie opposite Louie C.K.  His other film credits include starring roles in My Best Friend’s Girl opposite Kate Hudson, Dan In Real Life opposite Steve Carell and Mr. Brooks opposite Kevin Costner, among others.

Cook currently lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to develop new comedy material, and film and television projects.

Tickets can be purchased by calling The Venetian Box Office at (866) 641-7469 or (702) 414-9000, or online at

Tickets will go on sale on Monday, July 8th.

  • Dane Cook
    • Date: Friday, Oct. 11 & Saturday, Oct. 12
    • Time: 9pm
    • Location: The Venetian Theatre
    • Ticket prices:
      • VIP: $185
      • A: $109.50
      • B: $95.50
      • C: $79.50

It was a bright and early start every morning for 170 Sands for Singapore Volunteers who donned aprons and chef hats at the Willing Hearts kitchen from 14-16 June 2013.  Marina Bay Sands worked together with local charity Willing Hearts for our second Sands for Singapore quarterly volunteerism event to prepare almost 9,000 meals for needy Singaporeans.

Together with regular volunteers from Willing Hearts, our Team Members were in the kitchen preparing ingredients, cooking and packing food packets for delivery. We were then paired with fellow colleagues or Willing Hearts volunteers for food deliveries to 35 distribution points all over Singapore. Our team happily distributed freshly prepared meals and Care Packs made up from items donated by 300 Team Members the week before during the Sands Eco 360 Canned Food Collection Drive for World Hunger Week.

The first ever collaboration between Sands for Singapore CSR and Sands Eco 360 saw Team Members contributing their delicious creations to a Bake Sale which raised 7,500 Singapore dollars to purchase ingredients to create 9,000 meals to feed 3,000 financially vulnerable Singaporeans over a 3-day period.

It was a humbling and heartening experience to see the smiles on the faces of the recipients and to hear their heartfelt thank you.

Team Members are already looking forward to the next event in August – our inaugural Sands for Singapore festival.

A montage of Team Members in action at the 3-day Sands for Singapore Quarter 2 Volunteerism event at Willing Hearts.

A montage of Team Members in action at the 3-day Sands for Singapore Quarter 2 Volunteerism event at Willing Hearts.

Sands China Makes Macao Vacation Hot Spot

June 17th, 2013 | Ciara Matthews

Cotai Strip

Cotai Strip

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.

LVS helps Clean the World

June 14th, 2013 | Katarina Tesarova


Clean The World

Have you ever wondered what happens to the left over soap you use at a hotel?  A lot of times it’s just thrown away.  Not at Las Vegas Sands!  Since 2011, we have partnered with the nonprofit organization Clean the World to recycle our guests’ leftover soap and amenities at our Las Vegas property to help others.  Our Bethlehem property joined the partnership last year, so we can make an even greater difference with Clean the World.

Clean the World is a social enterprise committed to protecting the environment and saving lives by collecting, sanitizing and recycling used hotel soaps to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases. Since 2009, the organization has diverted more than 700 metric tons of waste and created over 12 million new sanitized soap bars delivered to communities, families, and children in 67 countries.

Now, we have deepened our commitment to Clean the World even further.  On June 13, we announced that our properties in Macao, Sands China Ltd., have helped the organization establish its first international presence in Hong Kong and Macao, serving the hospitality industry in Asia.  We are a key sponsor for this vital environmental and lifesaving initiative, participating with more than 9,000 guest rooms of our Cotai Strip Resorts and Sands® Macao properties.   With its new soap cleansing and recycling facility, Clean the World aims to collect and recycle 100 metric tons of soap in its first year in the region.

We commend the life-saving work that Clean the World does, and we hope our guests will be happy to know that they are helping to change people’s lives just by staying at Sands properties.

Carnevale: Unmask Your Summer

June 13th, 2013 | Darcy Martinez


Carnevale Summer 2013

The Venetian and The Palazzo have come alive with the fantasy, food, fun and romance of Italy during Carnevale, a three-month celebration of summer. Visitors during Carnevale have an array of activities that they can revel in.

The Venetian®

  • A nightly 3D light show on Doge’s Palace in front of The Venetian. Show times are 9:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (free)

The Palazzo® Waterfall Atrium

  • The Masquerade Parade: Nightly, 6 & 8 p.m. (free)
  • “Ciao Bella!” Reception, including Mixology with specialty drinks: Nightly, 6 p.m.
  • Billionaire Italian Couture Fashion Show: June 13, from 1-3 p.m.
  • Canyon Beachwear Fashion Show: June 20, from 1-3 p.m.

At Venezia®  Pool

  • Honeymooner’s Sweetheart Cocktail Receptions: June 25, July 23, August 20, 7 p.m.

Wine events

  • Tignanello Vertical wine dinner: June 28
  • Passion for Cabernet wine dinner: July 25
  • Veni, Vidi, Vino – The Carnevale Wine Walk: All summer
  • Curtis Stone “Up Close & Personal” Wine Dinner: July 26 & 27

Of Superstars and Superfans

June 7th, 2013 | Bhavna Moolani


Marina Bay Sands is no stranger to some of the most glamorous stars in the world! Sometime in 2011, I shared my excitement about some of the celebrities who had visited the property and tweeted about their experiences. Now, I’m not one who is easily star-struck, but little did I know that one of the biggest events in Singapore was going to leave me starry eyed!

On 23 May 2013, the inaugural Starcount Social Star Awards, held at Marina Bay Sands, brought in superstars that were brighter than the sun! – Jessica Alba and Jeremy Piven hosted the Awards with special performances by Aerosmith, CeeLo Green, Carly Rae Jepsen, PSY, Sky Blu… the list goes on! And we’re not just talking celebrities. We had some of the most popular social media stars here with us as well – PewDiePie, Ryan Higa and Chester See, to name a few, who shot up to social media stardom thanks to YouTube.

Twitter and Instagram posts from the celebrities at the Sands SkyPark

Twitter and Instagram posts from the celebrities at the Sands SkyPark

Boy, was it a night to remember! Not just for me (because I got to tweet live from the Red Carpet – check out the highlights here – AND see rock legend Aerosmith perform!), but for a very lucky young boy as well.


Starcount is all about the fans. Leading up to the Awards, there were several competitions that were taking place online to reward fans for their participation and contribution to social media.  Of course, Marina Bay Sands too wanted to find out who our biggest social media fan was!

With the help of the Starcount app that ranks fans based on their individual social behavior by awarding points for every tweet, share, view and comment about the individual stars or brands they love, we set off to find our most passionate social media fan.

Fans worked their way up our Fan Chart by engaging with us on our various social media platforms. With much dedication and enthusiasm, we found a winner.

Introducing Marina Bay Sands’ Superfan – Sunny Goh!

Marina Bay Sands’ Superfan, Sunny Goh with Carly Rae Jepsen

Marina Bay Sands’ Superfan, Sunny Goh with Carly Rae Jepsen

Sunny received the chance to meet not one but two of his music idols – Carly Rae Jepsen and PSY!

Read about his once-in-a-lifetime experience here.

The stars loved Marina Bay Sands as much as we loved hosting them. Check out what they thought of our beautiful property here!

You can also watch the full coverage of the inaugural Social Star Awards here.

In addition, the fans were given some loving from their youtube star – Ryan Higa.

What are the Social Star Awards?

The Social Star Awards are based on data from Starcount which uniquely aggregates and charts social media’s most popular stars and celebrities through the measurement of 1.7 billion people’s social media activity across the 11 biggest social media networks in the world.

John Caparella Honored With Doctorate

May 31st, 2013 | Ciara Matthews

John Caparella

John Caparella

 President and COO of The Venetian|The Palazzo and Sands Expo Center, John Caparella, was recently presented with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at SUNY Delhi’s 96th annual commencement exercises. Mr. Caparella is an alumnus of SUNY Delhi’s Hospitality Management program and has been described as, “one of SUNY Delhi’s most successful graduates.”

We, at Las Vegas Sands, are also very proud of the achievements of our friend and colleague and consider it a privilege to have him as part of our amazing team at The Venetian|The Palazzo.

Click here for the official announcement of Mr. Caparella’s award and to read more about his background and success.