Left to right: Chef Daniel Boulud, local radio DJ Glenn Ong, Chef Justin Quek, Chef Christopher Christie and Vice President of Food & Beverage, Marina Bay Sands, Mr. Tamir Shanel
Tony Leung and Wong Kar-wai walk the red carpet
Marina Bay Sands is raising the bar when it comes to world-class entertainment. On January 23 we welcomed our first ever Gala Premier to Marina Bay Sands. Wong Kar-wai’s film, The Grandmaster, shown in collaboration with Shaw Organisation, was screened at the Grand Theatre.
Behind the scenes we were all looking forward to seeing the stars, and when the celebrities started walking the red carpet, I was right in front snapping photos and sending tweets to our thousands of followers. The Grandmaster star Tony Leung, who won the Cannes Best Actor Award for Wong’s film In the Mood for Love, and filmmaker Wong Kar-wai, walked the red carpet along with other local celebrities as well as Marina Bay Sands’ very own celebrity chefs. Fans too had the opportunity to feel like a celebrity for the night and walk the red carpet before the stars arrived.
Both Tony Leung and Wong Kar-wai spoke before the film started, and as the lights dimmed in the theatre, packed with invited guests, applause erupted and the audience was hooked. Wong’s The Grandmaster is a Hong Kong-Chinese action drama film based on the life of the Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man. The film stars Hong Kong superstar, Tony Leung, and Chinese film actress and model, Zhang Ziyi.
Check out more photos from the press conference and red carpet on our Facebook! And here is the trailer of the movie:
The president of Las Vegas Sands Corp. outlined his vision for a casino complex in Toronto, saying he would focus on bringing trade shows and conventions to the city. “It’s not just the casino, it’s not just the hotel, it’s not just retail and dining,” Michael Leven, president and chief operating officer of Las Vegas Sands, said at the Economic Club of Canada on Monday afternoon. “In order to keep these properties, we have to get the trade show and convention business.”
Exclusive interview with Sands’ President & COO Michael Leven, recorded a week before he received the Americas Lodging Investment Summit’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Los Angeles. We talked about everything from his early experience with racial segregation in the hotel business to his classical education and his appreciation of the Bhagavad Gita. Such an interesting man and great business leader.
This week the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Burba Hotel Network presents LVS President & COO Michael Leven with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit, which is the world’s largest hotel investment conference. CNBC interviewed Mr. Leven whom they called an “icon of the industry.” Take a look.
For those who missed it, the Cotai Strip was the scene of a New Year’s Eve extravaganza that was, by all accounts, incredible. The celebrity-filled spectacular featured a special concert from the hit TV show The Voice of China and Hong Kong’s Paul Wong & The Postman at the CotaiArena, and also included a countdown to a magnificent fireworks display that rung in the New Year.
A massive crowd gathered to see the fireworks along with Winter in Venice’s glittering five-minute display of a 43,000-square-foot (4,000-square-metre) special edition 3D video mapping countdown, which lit up the facade of The Venetian Macao at 11:55 pm. The dazzling pyrotechnic show that followed contained almost 5,500 individual fireworks reflecting the character and uniqueness of the Cotai Strip properties.