At the Feng Shui approved time of 3:18 pm on 27
April 2010, Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer Sheldon G. Adelson and other company officials snipped the
celebratory ribbon and with it, Marina Bay Sands opened its doors
and welcomed its first guests.
Marina Bay Sands will open progressively over
the course of the year, with the first phase including 963
hotel rooms, parts of the shopping mall and convention center,
some restaurants and bars, the Event Plaza along Marina Bay, and
the casino. On 23 June, during the official grand opening
celebration, the remainder of the property's 2,560 guest rooms,
more shops from the world's leading retailers, additional dining
options, and nightlife offerings, will open. The Sands SkyPark, which sits 60 stories off the ground and is perched atop
the property's three hotel towers, will also debut on 23 June
"Singapore's reputation as a world-class international tourist
destination will be further enhanced with the opening of Marina
Bay Sands and our company's reputation for building
economy-changing tourism developments will be cemented around the
world. For both of those reasons, I am happy to be in Singapore
today to open the first phase of the property and look forward to
the grand opening celebration," said Mr. Adelson. "The
peak period of operations for most urban hotels is midweek, as
they tend to cater to business travelers. The peak period for
resort hotels is obviously the weekend when people have free time.
For us, with our meeting and convention business and a multitude
of leisure amenities, the entire week is our peak period."
To date, Marina Bay Sands says it has more than
160 events booked in its Sands Expo and Convention Center. Those
events, beginning in May 2010, are expected to draw more than
250,000 total attendees.
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