Living Asia Channel recently produced a short film that nicely captures Macao, revealing its unique blend of colonial European architecture, Chinese culture and history, and modern hotels and entertainment. If you’re planning a trip to Macao–or just want to get a flavor of this wonderful city–then you’ll enjoy the footage and overview in their video below.
December 10th, 2012 | J.C.
December 7th, 2012 | J.C.
The holidays have arrived at The Venetian Las Vegas and The Palazzo Las Vegas. Winter in Venice is our festive celebration and vacation package that puts you at the heart of the holiday season. You can take a spin around the skating rink. Savor delicious holiday treats and specialty drinks. Enjoy the songs of carolers. And, of course, take in the dazzling festive décor, all crowned by a nightly Winter in Venice parade and holiday 3D light projections show. For more information, click here and also watch this video:
November 29th, 2012 | Administrator
To celebrate the season of giving, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas will join with the Armed Forces Foundation and Omaha Steaks to give back to our nation’s wounded veterans with an all-expense paid holiday vacation to Winter in Venice, the second-annual celebration of the winter holiday season on the Las Vegas Strip. From Dec. 5 to 8, the troops will be treated to an array of world-class holiday festivities, entertainment, dining and relaxation.
“Salute Our Troops not only provides an opportunity to thank our nation’s heroes, but is an outlet to help them deal with the hardships of recovery and the stress it places on their families in a positive way,” said Patricia Driscoll, president and executive director of the Armed Forces Foundation. “Now more than ever it is critical to give back to our wounded warriors and their families and provide them with the support they need. We can’t thank Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson and The Venetian staff enough for opening up their hearts to our wounded service members and their families and creating such a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson, the chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, will loan their aircraft to fly the wounded warriors from Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir Military Medical Centers in Washington D.C. to Las Vegas, where they will be met with a police motorcade to escort them to The Palazzo. A cheering crowd of guests and Venetian|Palazzo team members will greet the troops at a welcoming reception in the resort’s atrium gardens.
A live-stream of the troops’ arrival and ceremony will be available at The Venetian Facebook, and The Palazzo Facebook pages. In addition, New York Times bestselling author Michelle Malkin will cover the entire event at her blog, while renowned journalist Alana Goodman will provide in-depth interviews with the troops at Commentary Magazine.
During their holiday vacation, the wounded warriors will enjoy not only the events of Winter in Venice, but also lavish accommodations, tours of the Las Vegas Strip, and tickets to opening night of the intimate Soul2Soul show starring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, as well as tickets to Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at The Palazzo Theater. They will also have the opportunity to enjoy the ultimate sports fan experience at Lagasse’s Stadium, poker tournaments, gondola rides, services at Canyon Ranch SpaClub, and a gourmet cookout hosted by Omaha Steaks at Madame Tussaud’s Las Vegas.
“The holiday season gives us a chance to express our gratitude to the men and women in the Armed Forces for their many sacrifices,” said Andy Abboud, senior vice president of government relations, Las Vegas Sands Corp. “Our chairman Sheldon Adelson and our entire company want nothing more this holiday than to honor and celebrate our nation’s troops and their families. This vacation is our way of saying thank you and happy holidays.”
Omaha Steaks President Bruce Simon said: “As a fifth-generation, family-owned company with a nearly 100 year history, we consider it a privilege to honor these brave soldiers and their families, who have generously sacrificed and bravely served to protect our great nation and the freedoms we all enjoy. We are grateful this holiday season for the opportunity to join with The Palazzo Las Vegas to offer our thanks and gratitude to our military troops and to support the outstanding efforts of the Armed Forces Foundation.”
The Dec. 5 welcome reception will be held at 2 p.m. at The Palazzo Waterfall & Atrium Gardens and is open to the public. The troops will depart Las Vegas at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Special thanks to Bell Trans, Cashman Photography, Clark County Fire Department, Las Vegas Metro and Ryan’s Express who generously donated their services for this special celebration.
The Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus Honored Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel
November 26th, 2012 | J.C.
Las Vegas Informer: The Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus honored Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel at the 8th Annual In Pursuit of Excellence Gala on Saturday, Nov. 17 at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino. Elie Wiesel was awarded the Pursuit of Excellence Award for his leadership in education and his activism in human rights.
Wiesel, a survivor of the Holocaust, has written more than 50 books of fiction and non-fiction, including his memoir Night (La Nuit), which has been translated into more than 30 languages. He has received numerous awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Nobel Peace Prize and U.S. Congressional Gold Medal….
The In Pursuit of Excellence Gala was held to raise funds to benefit Adelson Educational Campus’ scholarship program for students in need. The night entailed a silent auction and cocktail reception followed by a gourmet dinner, program and dancing. Over $600,000 was raised for scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year.
November 23rd, 2012 | J.C.
The Venetian Macao now features one of the world’s largest architectural 3D video mapping projects ever created, spanning over an incredible one acre in space. Here is a video of its awesomeness.
November 15th, 2012 | J.C.
From the American Red Cross website:
|Please be a part of the Sands Cares, Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Campaign. Every dollar donated by Jan 1 will be matched by Las Vegas Sands Corp. This project supports the American Red Cross’ efforts to help the victims of one of America’s most destructive storms. Thank you for your support.|
November 12th, 2012 | Administrator
When the call was made to “green” the convention industry’s leading annual conference—the 2012 International Convention Center Conference (ICCC)—Lisa Witherell and Ryan Green from the Sands Expo took on the challenge. They created a user-friendly “Green Guide” to help guests take advantage of sustainability options available at this annual conference.
Having the experience in greening one of the largest Convention Centers in the U.S., Ryan and Lisa came up with some creative solutions. “ICCC is not a usual exposition we host,” Ryan said, “so we had to think outside the box.”
Lisa and Ryan did indeed. The “Green Guide” became the first successful sustainability initiative launched at the event.
Jan Addison, chair of the International Association of Venue Manager’s Convention Center/Exhibit Hall Committee and deputy general manager of the Orange County Convention Center, said: “A newly created Green Attendee Guide was launched for the first time during the 2012 International Convention Center Conference. The guide, created by Ryan Green and Lisa Witherell, helped all of our attendees ‘plan green, travel green, meet green and stay green,’ before, during, and after the event.”
“Ryan and Lisa are truly committed to protecting our environment and, on behalf of our committee, I want to thank them for creating this valuable Guide,” Jan Addison further said. “Ryan and Lisa are helping us ‘walk the talk’ regarding sustainability initiatives, and I hope they will continue to work with us and develop a new version of the Guide for our 2013 International Convention Center Conference which will be in Charlotte, North Carolina next year.”
Lisa and Ryan developed a similar attendee guide for the Sands ECO 360° Meetings program, which is a holistic approach to providing environmentally preferable choices to meeting planners and clients of The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo in Las Vegas. The green attendee guide will educate guests on how they can travel green and stay green while on our property.
For more information about the Sands ECO 360° Meetings program, watch the video below.
November 6th, 2012 | Philicia Tan
The Wall Street Journal featured the amazing transformation of the Marina Bay Singapore area under one of its interactive graphics.
Here are some user-generated videos that capture Marina Bay Sands as part of the vibrant Marina Bay Singapore area. Enjoy!
The Lion City
Stop Motion – Singapore – Marina Bay Sands
Stop Motion – Singapore Pledge
November 1st, 2012 | Administrator
[Editor's Note: This post was written by Philicia Tan and Jonathan Vista from our team at Marina Bay Sands].
From 13-14 October, we were privileged to join a group of 40 Team Member volunteers in two very special events: The American Chamber of Commerce Singapore’s (AmCham) Corporate Community Day and the Singapore Association for the Deaf’s (SADeaf’s) Walk and Fly with Me event.
For AmCham’s Corporate Community Day, 40 children from Metta School toured the Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal exhibition at ArtScience Museum and tried their hand at the silkscreen-printing workshop. U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, David Adelman, witnessed the check presentation of S$150,000 to Metta School to build 4 hospitality training rooms, including kitchens for food preparation and baking, one apartment suite and mock hotel room in the school’s new building, that will provide its hospitality students an ideal environment for training in food preparation, baking and housekeeping.
Jaybeth A. Gonzalez, a Team Member volunteer from Slots, was at both events and was in awe when she interacted with the students. “The event was so memorable! Last year, I volunteered for Children’s Day at Metta School. After that, I promised myself that I would continue participating in charity work. This is my way of giving thanks and giving back for all the blessings I have received,” she said. Jaybeth celebrated her birthday on Saturday during the AmCham Corporate Community Day and gave birth to a baby boy on 23 October, just ten days later.
Team Member volunteers were allocated to various booths, which included a Marina Bay Sands booth that hosted the Pong Tac Toe challenge at SADeaf’s Walk and Fly with Me event that was held at the Marina Barrage on Sunday, 14 October. The event was graced by Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan.
“It was a great day and it was so heartwarming to see so many of the children visit our booth. They were so cheerful and energetic. I was happy to help out,” said Team Member volunteer Linda Ong from Development, Program Management and Design.
True volunteer spirit stems from having the genuine desire to serve others, wholeheartedly and passionately. We have both learned to appreciate the value of giving more than receiving, which makes our volunteering truly rewarding.
October 30th, 2012 | J.C.
[Editor's note: below is a guest blog post from Debi Kinney, western regional director for Clean the World, a non-profit organization that collects and recycles soap products for impoverished people around the world.]
Even more commendable, Las Vegas Sands has been proactive in getting others to work with us. This past July, for example, Las Vegas Sands connected Clean the World with IMEX America—a leading worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events.
Clean the World and IMEX have now formed a strategic partnership that has positively impacted numerous individuals, and we have Las Vegas Sands to thank for this.
On October 8, 2012, IMEX America participated in its first-ever corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity with us. Sponsored by Las Vegas Sands, the CSR activity featured a full circle education about Clean the World’s mission.
As western regional director for Clean the World, I introduced the group to the concept of soap and bottled amenity recycling, talked about the history and successes of Clean the World, and explained the various ways to become involved with our organization.
Katarina Tesarova, executive director of global sustainability for Las Vegas Sands, and Lisa Witherell, director of convention operations for the Sands Expo, both spoke about the sustainability initiatives that Las Vegas Sands follows and described how sustainability is a key part of their company’s culture.
Following the presentations, the attendees took a short tour of Clean the World’s Las Vegas Recycling Operations Center, and then started their hands on projects.
First up was sorting – taking the collections from the thirteen western states that send their used products to Clean the World and separating the used soaps from the used bottled amenities.
DJ Sam Lee was on hand to spin tunes to keep the atmosphere fun and the activity level high.
After sorting for almost an hour, the group took a short break and then jumped right back in to the business of creating hygiene kits. Participants formed an assembly line and filled plastic baggies with recycled soap bars, vanity kits and recycled Las Vegas Sands products including shampoo, conditioner, lotion and shower gel.
After filling each baggie with hygiene products the attendees were asked to include a short note of encouragement for the end recipient, and then the bags were sealed with a Clean the World sticker.
It was not all work and no play, however, as the group moved and grooved and broke out in short but frequent dance parties to the tunes coming from DJ Sam’s table.
For just shy of 2 hours’ worth of work, the results were outstanding. IMEX attendees sorted through 787 pounds of bar soap. This in turn will generate 4,197 new bars to save lives, and will assist in helping 839 children receive the hygiene necessities they need.
Even more impressive was their ability to sort through 1,362 pounds of bottled amenities, which came roughly to 14,528 bottles sorted by hand alone. This will assist 969 children in our mission to save lives with soap.
IMEX attendees built 269 hygiene kits for donation to the Las Vegas Shade Tree women’s shelter.
In order to complete the mission, representatives from IMEX, Las Vegas Sands and Clean the World visited The Shade Tree of Las Vegas on Thursday, October 11 to deliver the 269 hygiene kits.
DeAndre Esteen, director of development at The Shade Tree, was kind and grateful for the kits, and her nice words helped us understand how blessed we are and how much of an impact we have on others.
We are looking forward to partnering with Las Vegas Sands and IMEX for the 2013 IMEX America show – and to making an even bigger impact by building on what was created and learned from this year’s CSR event.