Sands China Organises “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Visit” Professionalism Training for Team Members

Team members visit Foshan’s Shunde district to promote culinary and cultural exchange



(Macao, Oct. 12, 2018) – Sands China Ltd. led a delegation Wednesday to Shunde district in Foshan, as part of the company’s professionalism training initiatives.

The “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Visit” was co-organised by Sands China Ltd. and the National Conditions Education Association (Macau) to deepen employees’ understanding of national development and the Greater Bay Area.

The delegation comprised nearly 100 team members, including senior management, frontline food and beverage team members, and Because We Care Team Member Awards recipients. Like Macao, Shunde is a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, and the visit had the aim of promoting culinary and cultural exchange between the two regions.

Under the leadership of Sands China’s senior management, the delegation visited officials from the Tourism Bureau of Shunde District and the Shunde Foreign Affairs and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office. Together they engaged in constructive discussions on collaborative development in areas such as tourism, gastronomy and the interaction of young people between the two creative cities of gastronomy. The delegation also made visits to Shunde Polytechnic and to the Culinary Institute of Shunde to promote the exchange of ideas on training for food and beverage professionals in the two regions.

Dave Sun, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Sands China Ltd., said: “The rolling out of the planning process for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is likely to contribute to the sustainable development of Macao's economy. Sands China is one of the leading tourism and leisure enterprises in Macao, and organising a trip to Shunde for team members not only can strengthen the cooperation between the two regions in the food and beverage field, but can also deepen Sands China team members’ understanding of national, provincial and regional conditions, in turn promoting both regions’ economic integration in the Greater Bay Area.”

Zuo Xianghua, director of the economic affairs department of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR, said: “We encourage Macao enterprises to organise more youth exchanges, especially in patriotic education, to deepen young people’s understanding of mainland China. We hope Macao and Shunde will have more exchanges in the future, so as to explore the development opportunities available for the two regions in the Greater Bay Area, and assess their cooperation potential in the field of tourism, such as with service quality. I believe culinary tourism can be an important driver for their economic development.”

The delegation also visited the Shunde Museum to learn about the history, people, economy and characteristics of Shunde, as well as provincial and national development. The group also visited the Black Pearl restaurant Shunfeng Mountain Villa and renowned local restaurant Mrs. Pork, which is renowned for its authentic Shunde cuisine.

A team member working in the food and beverage department stated: “Sands China has three Black Pearl restaurants – La Chine, The Golden Peacock and Zi Yat Heen. I am very glad to be a guest at this Black Pearl restaurant in Shunde to enjoy the service and gourmet food. I learnt a lot from the experience.”

Invited guests of honour at Wednesday’s event included Zuo; Director of the Shunde Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Bureau Huang Jianxiong; President of the National Education Association (Macau) Association Wang Haitao; President of the Macau Federation of Trade Unions Chan Kam Meng; Sun; and Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Sands China Wen Hongyan.

Sands China has nearly 2,000 team members working in food and beverage. Wednesday’s professionalism training on Shunde’s cuisine and culture aimed to enhance their pride in being part of a team, and to help Macao’s food and beverage industry talent to continually improve, in support of the development of Macao as a Creative City of Gastronomy.

In the future, Sands China will invite master chefs from the Culinary Institute of Shunde to visit its hotels and share their experience and knowledge with the company's team members, as a way to pass on Shunde’s culinary culture and to promote cooperation and the exchange of ideas between the two regions.

Sands China has always strived to enhance the professional skills of its 28,000 team members through various avenues. Apart from the “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Visit,” the company has set up banner stands at its properties and video screens showing a professionalism education documentary series in order to raise team members’ awareness and understanding of professionalism education. In addition, the company's Professionalism Training for Gaming Practitioners programme, co-organised with the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) and the Macau Federation of Trade Unions (FAOM), was launched in July 2016 and has since trained nearly 3,600 team members to date. The company targets to train a total of 7,500 team members during the first five years of the programme.


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Sands China leads a delegation Wednesday to Shunde district in Foshan, as part of the company’s professionalism training initiatives. The visit had the aim of promoting culinary and cultural exchange between Shunde and Macao – both of which are UNESCO Creative Cities of Gastronomy.

 

  Photo caption: A delegation from Sands China visits officials from the Tourism Bureau of Shunde District and the Shunde Foreign Affairs and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office Wednesday during the “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Visit” co-organised by Sands China and the National Conditions Education Association (Macau). They discussed collaborative development in areas such as tourism, gastronomy and the interaction of young people between Shunde and Macao – both UNESCO Creative Cities of Gastronomy.

 

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About Sands China Ltd
Sands China Ltd. (HKEx: 1928, Sands China or the Company) is a Cayman Islands registered company and is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. Sands China is the largest operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The Company’s Cotai Strip portfolio is comprised of The Venetian® Macao, The Plaza® Macao, Sands® Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao. The Company also owns and operates Sands® Macao 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 Cotai Arena, The Venetian Theatre, The Parisian Theatre and the Sands Cotai Theatre; and a high-speed Cotai Water Jet ferry service between Hong Kong and Macao. The Company’s Cotai Strip portfolio has the goal of contributing to Macao’s transformation into a world centre of tourism and leisure. Sands China is a subsidiary of global resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).

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