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Marina Bay Sands Opens Phase One

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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 2010.

"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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