Our History

For more than 30 years, Sands has propelled tourism across the globe, transforming regions with our innovative Integrated Resorts.


Ten years after founding COMDEX, an industry-defining computer trade show, Sheldon Adelson and his partners bought the famous Sands Hotel in Las Vegas.

This historic site would be the future home of Sands' flagship property - The Venetian Resort Las Vegas.


One year later, the Sands Expo and Convention Center opened adjacent to the Sands Hotel.

The Sands Expo and Convention Center is one of the world's largest privately owned convention centers, with more than two million square feet of meeting space.


While honeymooning in Venice with Dr. Miriam Adelson, Mr. Adelson was inspired by his new wife's suggestion: “If you can combine the romantic atmosphere of Venice with all the luxuries that can only be found in Las Vegas, then it can be a winner.”

Mr. Adelson sold COMDEX and demolished the Sands Hotel to make room for The Venetian Resort Las Vegas.


A tribute to its famed namesake city, The Venetian Resort Las Vegas opened with great fanfare - singing gondoliers, sounding trumpets and a flutter of white doves. Actress Sophia Loren joined Mr. Adelson in dedicating the first motorized gondola.

The $1.5 billion resort became a resounding success. Fortune Magazine wrote that it led to “the overall renaissance of Las Vegas itself.”


Las Vegas Sands went public and opened its first property in Asia - Sands Macao in Macao (SAR), China.

True to his pioneering spirit, Mr. Adelson saw opportunity in Asia before others. Sands Macao was the first Las Vegas-style casino in the region and the first American-based development in Asia.


Mr. Adelson's vision would again transform a region. Seeing the potential to overcome Macao's space challenges by filling the bay between the Coloane and Taipa islands, his foresight led to the Cotai Strip and opening of The Venetian Macao, the world's largest inhabited building at the time.

The Palazzo Las Vegas opened in December 2007, displacing the Pentagon as the largest U.S. building and bringing a stunning combination of understated luxury and ground-breaking design.


Forging ahead with the success of The Venetian Macao, the company continued to recognize the ever-changing needs of affluent travelers, who were seeking new levels of sophistication, attentiveness and privacy.

Sands opened The Plaza Macao, which is home to the exclusive Paiza Mansions; the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; the Shoppes at Four Seasons and an array of award-winning dining options.


Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem opened, empowering the Eastern Pennsylvania region to overtake New Jersey as the gaming center of the Eastern United States.

Located on the site of the historic Bethlehem Steel Works, the resort brought economic opportunity to the former steel town.


Sands set its sights on Singapore with a $5.6 billion investment that became the iconic Marina Bay Sands, a national landmark in Singapore.

In eight months, Marina Bay Sands posted an industry-record $600 million operating profit. Within a year, Singapore tourism had increased by 20%, and the economy expanded by 15%.


Sands Cotai Central began opening in phases and was completed in 2015 with the opening of The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central.

Sands Cotai Central is home to four hotels, offering more than 6,000 rooms and suites along with gaming, dining, retail and entertainment -- all under one roof.


The Parisian Macao opened in September 2016. It is the crown jewel of Mr. Adelson's vision to recreate the excitement and success of the Las Vegas Strip on the Cotai Strip in Macao.

Inspired by the famed City of Light, The Parisian features a half-size replica of the Eiffel Tower and offers the industry's most innovative and sustainable features in an Integrated Resort.


Sands announced a $2.2 billion expansion in Macao, including plans to upgrade and rebrand the Holiday Inn Sands Cotai Central as The Londoner, its latest European-themed property.

Sands completed the $1.3 billion sale of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem to Wind Creek Hospitality.