(Macao, July 4, 2013) - The International Indian Film Academy's long awaited IIFA Awards are back in town, with The Venetian® Macao as the Official Host Destination Partner. Last hosted by The Venetian in 2009, this time around there is much to celebrate. While IIFA can now boast 14 overseas awards shows and The Venetian Macao can proudly count hosting two IIFA Awards under its belt, Indian cinema celebrates a full century of film.
"The Venetian Macao is extremely pleased to once again host the world-famous IIFA Awards," said Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd. "This is not just any IIFA Awards show; IIFA is celebrating a colossal 100 years of Indian cinema, and they have chosen Macao as the venue. We at The Venetian Macao are truly honoured."
As the 2013 Official Host Destination Partner, The Venetian Macao is now one of the few destinations to have twice hosted the illustrious IIFA Awards. The Indian market is becoming increasingly important to Macao, with over 100,000 visitors arriving on its shores since 2009 when IIFA first came to town, and growing each year. The Macau Government Tourist Office continues to support the IIFA Awards in Macao this year.
Visitors in town for the spectacular three-day 14th VIDEOCON d2h IIFA Weekend have five breathtaking, world-class hotels from which to choose, suiting every taste and budget: the iconic Venetian Macao; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world's largest Conrad, Sheraton and Holiday Inn hotels. Guests looking for entertainment during their stay have a panoply of activities, products and services to choose from, whether it be international dining, duty-free shopping, shows, pools or spas. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is the world's first integrated resort city, offering visitors the freedom of exploring three phenomenal, interconnected properties all under one roof.
A special effort will be made this year to make the IIFA Awards as green as possible. The Venetian Macao's Green Meeting Concierge team introduced the IIFA committee to the Sands ECO360° Meetings programme, which combines The Venetian Macao's high-performance facilities and standard sustainable practices with green meeting options, community programmes and much more.
The Venetian Macao has an ongoing commitment to bring only the best international entertainment events to Macao, remaining true to its promise by hosting such events as the immensely prestigious IIFA Awards. The IIFA three-day extravaganza includes a variety of events such as IIFA Rocks, IIFA BUZZ, IIFA Fashion Extravaganza, IIFA Film Media Briefings and IIFA Music Workshop, culminating with the IIFA Awards July 6.
An exciting lineup of Indian film stars are taking the CotaiArena™ stage, including such big names as Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit, Shahrukh Khan, Irrfan Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez and many more, as they celebrate 100 grand years of Indian cinema.
The high-profile IIFA Awards are again being broadcast via numerous TV channels, routinely reaching a global audience of 600 million.
The first IIFA Awards were held in London in 2000 and have gone on to cities like Sun City, Genting Highlands, Dubai, Amsterdam, Sheffield, Bangkok, Johannesburg, Toronto and Colombo among others, with the most recent edition being celebrated in Singapore. As an institution, IIFA has committed itself to taking Indian cinema to the world, through a showcase celebration at international destinations each year. While India gains greatly from the alliances made via IIFA, an important objective of the prestigious brand is to create similar outcomes in the host countries, thereby establishing a system of mutual benefit to both India and the host country by way of tourism, culture and trade, cross-border investment and film co-productions.
Photo caption: Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd., addresses the audience at the IIFA Awards press conference at The Venetian Macao July 4. The 14th VIDEOCON d2h IIFA Weekend celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema at The Venetian Macao July 4-6. The IIFA Awards take place July 6 at the CotaiArena.
Photo caption: Bollywood heartthrobs Shahid Kapoor (right) and Abhishek Bachchan (left) lay down their handprints and signatures for posterity at a press conference Thursday at The Venetian Macao, site of Saturday's IIFA Awards.
Photo caption: Bollywood celebrities add glitz and glamour to a press conference Thursday at The Venetian Macao. The 14th VIDEOCON d2h IIFA Weekend celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema at The Venetian Macao July 4-6. The IIFA Awards take place July 6 at the CotaiArena.
Left to right: Nicole Tong, Acting Head of Business Tourism and Events Division, Macau Government Tourist Office; Abhishek Bachchan; Shahid Kapoor; Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd.
About The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel
Opened in 2007, The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel is Macao's first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat CotaiArena™ designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; MALO CLINIC Health & Wellness; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 300 retailers at Shoppes Grand Canal. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.
About Cotai Strip Resorts Macao - Macao's Integrated Resort City
Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Cotai Strip Resorts Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao has transformed a gaming-centric day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.
Pulsating with life, both night and day, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao, with approximately 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with 600 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia's leading conferences and exhibitions, gaming excitement, transportation offerings and well over 100 dining options, including international restaurants, bars and lounges. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is a must-see destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.
Comprised of the The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world's largest Conrad, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn hotels, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is where Asia's ultimate destination is all within reach.
About iifa (International Indian Film Academy)
Conceptualized and produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and supported by the key members of the Indian film fraternity, IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy. Also, the IIFA Awards is India's biggest media event. With a viewership of almost 600 million, it is among the world's most-watched annual entertainment events. From a one night celebration in 2000 at the Millennium Dome, London, the last thirteen years have seen the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) movement grow into a cine-packed weekend of film-festivals, workshops, exhibitions, film-showcases, global business forums and sporting events, all of which climax into the highlight of the Weekend, the IIFA Awards.