Spectacular Celebration Marks Launch of Sheraton Macao Hotel at Sands Cotai
Starwood and Macao's biggest hotel opens to public for first time
MACAO, Sept. 21, 2012
MACAO, Sept. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sands China's Cotai Strip^® development
was beautifully aflame in celebration Thursday evening, as the integrated
resort city introduced to Macao the latest additions at Sands^® Cotai Central,
led by the launch of Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, which has the double
distinction of being the largest hotel for both Macao and Starwood Hotels &
Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
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Sands China Ltd. (HKSE: 1928), a majority-held subsidiary of global integrated
resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS), opened Sands Cotai
Central's second phase Thursday – which also includes new restaurants and
retailers, as well as a new Polynesian-themed gaming area – with a series of
A 10:00 a.m. press conference gave media a chance to ask questions of key
executives in attendance, including Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Sands China Ltd.
Chairman Sheldon G. Adelson and Starwood Hotels & Resorts President and Chief
Executive Officer Frits van Paasschen.
In his opening remarks to the gathered media before the Q&A session, Sands
China Ltd. President and Chief Executive Officer Edward Tracy said, "It's been
an honour for our team to lead Sands China Ltd. as we all witness the
realisation of Mr. Adelson's vision of a fully integrated resort city on the
Cotai Strip development. We've come a long way from that muddy swampland that
Mr. Adelson first surveyed. And there were plenty along the way who said it
couldn't be done. But here we are today, marking yet another grand achievement
– the opening of the second phase of Sands Cotai Central, featuring Sheraton
Macao Hotel – the largest Starwood property in the world, and Macao's largest
Mr. van Paasschen also addressed the media, saying, "We like to think of
Sheraton as the world's gathering place. Sheraton is the leading hotel brand
in this region and an ideal fit for this spectacular new hotel in Macao. And
what a great combination: Starwood's largest brand in the world's fastest
growing hotel market."
The local community was also involved in the day's festivities, with a special
kowhaiwhai pattern mural painting and puzzle-piecing event on Level 3 of
Shoppes Cotai Central. A traditional art form of the indigenous Maori of New
Zealand, the beautiful kowhaiwhai pattern – called "kori" and meaning "to
flourish" – was painted and assembled as a mural in collaboration with members
of the Fuhong Society of Macao, a non-profit organization providing
occupational skills training and employment services to the mentally
challenged. Symbolising togetherness, the event was also attended by Dr.
Miriam Adelson, who helped place the final piece of the pattern, along with
Qian Jin, President of Greater China, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide,
Red carpet arrivals at the evening's ceremonial opening of Sheraton Macao
included Chief Executive of Macao Special Administrative Region Chui Sai On,
government officials, company executives from Sands and Sheraton,
international film star Zhang Ziyi, and the stars of the hit reality TV show
The Voice of China.
At the evening's main ceremonial event, Maori Haka and Tahitian dancers
performed at Sheraton Macao's lantern-lit Jaya pool deck, followed by the
seating of the attending dignitaries. A large goddess-accompanied heliosphere
then delivered a ceremonial flame to a waiting dancer on the stage. After
passing the flame to the dignitaries gathered on stage, a line was ignited,
carrying the flame up to light fiery logos of Sands Cotai Central and
Sheraton, on the facade of Sheraton Macao's Sky tower – setting off a huge,
choreographed pyrotechnic display that included fireworks illuminating all the
Sands China properties of the Cotai Strip development: Sands Cotai Central,
The Venetian^® Macao and The Plaza™ Macao. Seven structures in total were lit
by the display, first in sequence, and then altogether in unison for the
spectacular grand finale.
After watching Cotai's biggest fireworks show ever, the first 5,000 visitors
to the property received commemorative gold coins marking the historic
occasion, distributed from various locations within Sands Cotai Central.
About Sands® Cotai Central
Launched in 2012, Sands^® Cotai Central is the centre point of the Cotai
Strip^® – the pathway to adventure, fun and fortune. Featuring three
celebrated hotel brands – Conrad, Sheraton and Holiday Inn – Sands Cotai
Central offers visitors to the Cotai Strip an expanded offering of affordable
luxury available nowhere else in Macao, with approximately 6,000 hotel rooms
and suites, and 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of retail,
entertainment and dining facilities, and meetings and convention space. With
nearly 100 retail outlets, Shoppes Cotai Central joins Shoppes Grand Canal and
Shoppes at Four Seasons to offer a total of over 600 luxury duty-free stores
to choose from – the most in any one single location in all of Macao. And with
two spas, three health clubs and 300,000 square feet (28,000 square metres) of
gaming space in two, uniquely-themed gaming areas, Sands Cotai Central
provides a new level of luxury and accessibility to the Cotai Strip^*. For
more information, please visit www.sandscotaicentral.com.
* All numbers based on completion of all phases of development in early 2013.
About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and
leisure companies in the world with 1,112 properties in nearly 100 countries
and 154,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully
integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences
with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis^®, The Luxury
Collection^®, W^®, Westin^®, Le Meridien^®, Sheraton^®, Four Points^® by
Sheraton, Aloft^®, and Element^SM. The Company boasts one of the industry's
leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to
earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no
blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a
premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style
resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please
SOURCE Sands China Ltd.
Contact: Mabel Wu of Venetian Macao Limited, +853 8118 2268,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Nadeen Ayala of Starwood Hotels & Resorts,
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