(Macao, October 30, 2012) – Sands®
has been named Asia's Leading Tourism Development Project in the World
Travel Awards 2012. The prestigious award was presented by Graham Cooke,
President and Founder, World Travel Awards, at a ceremony in Singapore on October 18, attended by an invited audience of several hundred of the
industry's leading luminaries and the international media.
is delighted that our company’s integrated resort city has been singled out for
this honour,” said Sands China Ltd. President and Chief Executive Officer
Edward Tracy. “It’s exciting to witness the successful realisation of Mr.
Adelson’s vision for the Cotai Strip® development, and this award is
the latest indicator of that success. We thank the travel and tourism
professionals worldwide who cast their vote for us this year, and we will
continue to introduce a diversity of tourism offerings in Macao.”
From its very humble
beginnings as a muddy area of reclaimed land, Sands China’s Cotai Strip
development has grown to comprise five international hotels across the
company’s three integrated resort properties of The Venetian®
Macao-Resort-Hotel, The Plaza™ Macao
and Sands® Cotai Central – and represents a vision realised for Mr.
Adelson. Its success has been a key contribution toward Macao’s SAR Government’s own strategy of
diversifying the tourism economy and establishing the city as a world centre of
tourism and leisure.
Established in 1993
to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the
tourism industry, the “Oscars of the travel industry” are regarded as the
ultimate awards programme in global travel, with World Travel Awards winners
setting the benchmarks to which all others aspire.
Among the expansive
business and leisure offerings of Sands Cotai Macao, the Sands Cotai Central
integrated resort stands out as its most recent addition, having launched its
first phase of operations in April, at a grand opening ceremony featuring the
unveiling of the world’s largest Conrad and Holiday Inn hotels. Its second
phase of development was completed this past September, with the opening of the
first of two Sheraton towers, which together form Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central
largest hotel, and the largest property in Starwood’s global portfolio.
In addition to a
range of affordable and high-end luxury accommodation, Sands Cotai Macao’s
integrated resorts provide visitors with access to a vast spectrum of offerings
– luxury and mid-scale duty-free retail, world-class dining, the best in
entertainment, and industry-leading meeting and conventions.
Photo caption: Graham Cooke, President and Founder, World Travel Awards (second from
left) presents Sands Cotai Macao’s award for Asia's
Leading Tourism Development Project to
George Tanasijevich, Managing Director of Global
Development for Las Vegas Sands Corp. (second from right), who accepted the
award on behalf of Sands Cotai Macao at an October 18ceremony in Singapore
the World Travel Awards 2012, known as the “Oscars of
the travel industry.” Comprising five international hotels across three
properties, Sands China’s integrated resort city on the Cotai Strip development
aims to be Asia’s leading business and leisure
Photo caption: Sands Cotai
Macao has been named Asia's Leading Tourism Development Project in the
World Travel Awards 2012, known as the “Oscars of the
travel industry.” Comprising five international hotels across three properties,
Sands China’s integrated resort city on the Cotai Strip development aims to be Asia’s leading business and leisure destination.
About Sands® Cotai Macao
Sands® Cotai Macao is Asia’s
ultimate business and leisure destination. With five international hotels, over
9,000 rooms and 1.3 million square feet (120,000
square metres) of meeting and exhibition space*, Sands Cotai
Macao offers the complete package catered to each visitor. Pulsating with life
and providing live entertainment, over 600 luxury duty-free shops and more than
57 international restaurants, bars and lounges*, Sands Cotai Macao
is surrounded by the unique cultural heritage that is Macao – 450 years of
united European and Asian history. A fleet of over 150 ferries, coaches and
cars provides rapid connections to the airport, ferry terminals and border
crossings. It’s all within reach at Sands Cotai Macao.
For more information, please visit www.cotaistrip.com.mo.
* All numbers based on completion of subsequent phases
of development in early 2013.
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