Las Vegas, NV (February 23, 2010) — Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) announced today it plans to open the first phase of its $5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands development on April 27, 2010. Arguably one of the world’s most challenging construction projects and certainly the most expensive stand-alone integrated resort property ever built, Marina Bay Sands will immediately go to work by hosting its first event, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association’s annual conference, just days after opening its doors.
“Nearly four years ago, we embarked on a journey we believed would define the future of our company and at the same time change the face of tourism in Singapore and the South Asian region for decades to come. Now, as we approach the opening of Marina Bay Sands – one of the most remarkable leisure and business destinations ever created – it seems both of those ambitions are about to come true,” said Las Vegas Sands Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sheldon G. Adelson.
“Despite the challenging, and at times unprecedented economic conditions companies like ours recently faced, our dedication to completing this development never wavered, not even for a second. That determination defines this company as much as our ability to create and develop masterpieces such as Marina Bay Sands. We have no doubt the property will be a tremendous success, but how we got to this point will be every bit as important to the future prospects of our company,” said Mr. Adelson.
Marina Bay Sands Chief Executive Officer Thomas Arasi said the property is planning for 963 hotel rooms, part of the shopping mall and convention center, celebrity chef restaurants along with other dining outlets and the casino to open on April 27 subject to construction proceeding as scheduled and being able to attain the necessary regulatory approvals.
The second phase, which includes the Sands SkyPark™, the Event Plaza along Marina Bay, more shops from the world’s leading retailers, additional dining options, and exciting nightlife offerings, will open on June 23 as part of the property’s grand opening celebration, Mr. Arasi said. In October, one of the property’s two state-of-the-art theatres will welcome Disney’s The Lion King. The second theatre, which will also open later this year, will be home to a variety of special events and famous headline acts. The iconic Marina Bay Sands museum, expected to open by December, will not only feature international blockbuster exhibitions, but it will also serve – with its unique lotus-inspired design – as a symbolic welcome to guests from around the globe.
“We are intently focused on meeting our construction timeline and preparing our team for opening and operating this extraordinary destination. We extend our gratitude to the people and government of Singapore for their steadfast support. We are confident Marina Bay Sands will make Singaporeans proud and that it will have visitors from all parts of the world traveling to Singapore to see it themselves.”
“While the opening of Marina Bay Sands is exciting on many fronts, the introduction of our first development in South Asia also represents an important geographical milestone for Las Vegas Sands. The launch of Marina Bay Sands, in combination with our significant presence in the growing Macau market, positions us to realize substantial long-term financial benefits through our proximity to many of the world’s fastest growing economies, both in North and South Asia. It will also make us less dependent on our operations in locations where the economy is still working to recover,” said Michael Leven, the company’s president and chief operating officer. “Singapore also provides another platform to demonstrate our position as the leading innovator of these large-scale, economy-changing business and tourism developments – a role which puts us in a superior position to pursue and secure future growth opportunities globally.”
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Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) is the leading global developer of integrated resorts – destination properties which feature premium accommodations, world-class gaming and entertainment, convention and exhibition facilities, celebrity chef restaurants, and many other amenities.
The Venetian and The Palazzo, both Five-Star luxury resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, are among the company’s properties in the United States. Marina Bay Sands, the company’s iconic project currently under development in Singapore, will open in the second quarter of 2010.
Through its majority-owned subsidiary Sands China Ltd, the company also owns a portfolio of properties in Macau, including The Venetian Macao, Four Seasons Hotel Macao and the Four Seasons-branded serviced-apartments on the Cotai Strip™, as well as the Sands Macao Hotel on the Macau peninsula.
The Cotai Strip is a master-planned development of destination resort properties where the company is currently constructing a 6,400-room complex which will feature the Shangri-La, Traders, Sheraton, and St. Regis hotel brands and is scheduled to open in 2011.
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[Source: Singapore Tourism Board]
The Marina Bay Sands integrated resort, slated to be opened at the end of 2009, will be a centrepiece in the Marina Bay “necklace of attractions”. Built at an investment of more than S$5 billion, the Marina Bay SandsTM will boost Singapore’s attractiveness as a business and leisure destination. It will add more than 120,000 square metres of MICE space including a grand ballroom of more than 8,000 square metres that can hold at least 6,600 people and which will be one of the largest in Asia; an exhibition hall which can accommodate approximately 2,000 exhibition booths; and a flexible convention centre comprising more than 200 meeting rooms with capacity for over 45,000 delegates.
MICE facilities in Marina Bay, such as Marina Bay SandsTM and Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, are collective enablers to help us realise our larger vision of transforming Marina Bay into an integrated Convention and Exhibition cluster. Marina Bay will form a compact and integrated MICE cluster, with MICE facilities, hotel rooms, entertainment and lifestyle offerings all within walking distance.
In the area of entertainment, visitors can also enjoy top-billing performances at the two fully-equipped state-of-the-art theatres offering a total of 4,000 seats, an outdoor waterfront Event Plaza that can hold up to 10,000 people, and a rooftop amphitheatre with a nightly light and water show. Other interesting public spaces include the unique one hectare Sky Park and the waterfront promenade.
The Marina Bay Sands Shoppes will offer a refreshing mix of cutting-edge emerging labels and international luxury brands, innovative entertainment features including boat rides through a canal flowing through the mall, an indoor ice skating rink, trendy food and beverage outlets, Celebrity Chef restaurants and dining options at the waterfront, or in ‘floating’ crystal pavilions on the Marina Bay.
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