Redesigning of entertainment offering to usher in new era of entertainment in Macao
(Macao, February 7, 2012) – Sands China Ltd. said today that the company’s expanded entertainment offering, including a redesigned multi-purpose theatre at The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel and new entertainment options at Sands® Cotai Central, will play an integral role in helping to usher in a new era of entertainment in Macao. “We are incredibly excited about the new era of entertainment that’s on the horizon for Macao,” said Gus Liem, Vice President of Entertainment, Venetian Macau Limited. “We have done extensive research and have full confidence in the strength of the entertainment market here.
We invested over US$100 million in custom-building our one-of-a-kind theatre back in 2008, leading to a successful three-year run with Cirque du Soleil®. In view of the market trend and customer demand shown in the research we’ve conducted, the company will again be investing to redesign the theatre to open up a new world of exciting entertainment opportunities for Macao, allowing us to host a wide variety of the world’s biggest, brightest and most engaging acts.” Entertainment is a key driver of tourism in Macao; Sands China and its successful integrated resort model have been leaders in bringing, and will continue to bring, the world’s top entertainment acts to Macao. A diverse selection of world-class international entertainment is an important factor in broadening the demographic of visitors to Macao. In redesigning its theatre at The Venetian, the company is carving the way forward for an expanded offering of quality international and Asian shows in Macao, diversifying the assortment of shows available to the millions of leisure and business travellers who frequent The Venetian Macao each year. Since opening in 2007, The Venetian Macao has hosted 156 world-class event nights at its CotaiArena™, to a combined audience of over 880,000, having featured superstar concerts, international sporting events and prestigious awards shows. CotaiExpo™ has welcomed 1.6 million visitors to around 130 exhibitions since 2008, including Asia’s first Top Marques supercar show and the wildly popular Ice World in 2011.
And Sands China properties have consistently delivered the world’s best in-house entertainment talent as well, featuring over 100 performers from Broadway and the West End, with many more to come when Sands Cotai Central – the newest integrated resort from Sands China – opens this spring. The company’s world famous gondoliers will be joined by Sands Cotai Central Streetmosphere™ performers, featuring a group of 40 of the very finest acrobats, jugglers, magicians, musicians and street performers China and the world have to offer. The combination of traditional and contemporary Chinese costumes, music and performance will truly bring to life the world’s largest integrated resort. Sands Cotai Central also has plans for its own theatre, expanding the entertainment options for business and leisure travellers at the centre of the Cotai Strip.
Asia’s resident Cirque du Soleil® show, ZAiA™, will stage its final performance in the theatre at The Venetian Macao on February 19. “We’ve had an amazing three-year run of a truly phenomenal show with ZAiA,” said Mr. Liem. “It has been our pleasure at The Venetian® Macao to host one of the region’s premier must-see performances. We’ve had a wonderful partnership with Cirque du Soleil, and we look forward to continuing our relationship in the future.”
About Sands China Ltd.
Sands China Ltd. (HKSE: 1928, Sands China or Company) is a subsidiary of global resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS), and a listed company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Sands China is the largest operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The Company owns and operates THE VENETIAN® Macao-Resort-Hotel, THE PLAZA™ Macao and SANDS® COTAI CENTRAL at the COTAI STRIP® development and the SANDS® Macao Hotel on the Macao peninsula. The Company’s integrated resorts contain a diversified mix of leisure and business attractions and transportation operations, including large meeting and convention facilities, a wide range of restaurants, shopping malls, world-class entertainment at the CotaiArena™ and high-speed CotaiJet™ ferry service between Hong Kong and Macao. The Company’s property development projects on Cotai have the goal of transforming Cotai into Asia’s premier entertainment and business destination. For more information, please visit www.sandschinaltd.com