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Our Story

For more than 30 years, Sands has propelled tourism with its world-leading Integrated Resorts encompassing luxury hotels, state-of-the-art meeting facilities and a variety of entertainment attractions.

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Highlights

Fortune

World’s Most Admired Companies

Forbes

Global 2000: World’s Best Employers

Dow Jones Sustainability Index

World and North America

Our Market Cap

Exceeds those of our closest competitors – combined

Only Integrated Resort Operator

With a presence in all of the world’s top three gaming markets

Largest Hospitality Footprint

Of any hospitality company in Macao – the world’s largest gaming market

"Create a vision. Identify it and go for it."
Sheldon G. Adelson, Founder, Las Vegas Sands

Our Story

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Pioneering the Integrated Resort Model

Sands is the preeminent developer and operator of world-class Integrated Resorts that drive high-value business and leisure tourism in the regions where we operate.

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A City Under One Roof

Featuring an array of richly diverse and compelling offerings under one roof, our Integrated Resorts blend luxury hotels and state-of-the-art meeting and convention facilities with a variety of amenities such as gaming, celebrity chef restaurants, high-end shopping and an action-packed schedule of concerts, shows, exhibits and other attractions.

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Driving High-Value Tourism

Founded in 1989, we have a proven track record of driving significant positive impact in the regions where we operate and advancing the tourism industry with innovative developments and offerings.

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Las Vegas Transformation

The opening of The Venetian Resort Las Vegas in 1999 introduced the MICE-driven Integrated Resort by combining The Venetian Hotel with luxury shopping, entertainment and massive meeting space at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, which Sands opened in 1990. The Integrated Resort helped transform Las Vegas into the meeting and convention capital of the world.

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Macao Stimulus

Sands has been a major catalyst in Macao’s expansion as an international travel and tourism destination. Our Founder Sheldon Adelson’s vision helped ignite construction of the Cotai Strip, where Sands would open its first Asian convention-based Integrated Resort in 2007 – The Venetian Macao, which helped triple the number of international visitors to the region.

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Macao Expansion

Sands has continued to pioneer new growth in Macao and on the Cotai Strip over the years, opening its most advanced Integrated Resort, The Parisian, in 2016. Today, we operate five major resorts in Macao, with some properties containing multiple hotel brands.

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Destination Singapore

Sands’ $5.6 billion investment in Marina Bay Sands marked the world’s largest expenditure for a pure hospitality project at the time of the Integrated Resort’s opening in 2010. The iconic Marina Bay Sands is one of Singapore’s most well-known architectural sights and has greatly impacted Singapore’s image as a leading global meeting and resort destination.

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Innovation and Impact

With each of these pioneering developments, our innovative convention-based Integrated Resort model ignited the hospitality industry with new sources of growth by capitalizing on the complementary travel patterns of weekday business travelers and weekend leisure travelers to maintain a constant flow of visitors into resorts and their host cities.

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Industry Firsts

We also set a high bar for excellence in the hospitality arena with industry firsts, such as the first all-suite hotel on the Las Vegas Strip and the first 6-star hotel in Macao.

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Economic Impact

Throughout our history, Sands has generated significant economic benefits for our host regions by driving high-value business and leisure tourism, contributing tax revenue and jobs, and enhancing their stature as global tourism and business capitals. Our Integrated Resorts continuously propel positive impact to the regions we serve.

Our History

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

  • 1989

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

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  • 1990

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

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  • 1996

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

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  • 1999

    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.

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  • 2004

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

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  • 2007

    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.

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  • 2008

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

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  • 2009

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

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  • 2010

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

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  • 2012

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

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  • 2016

    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.

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  • 2019

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

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  • 2019

    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.

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