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Only in

by Muhammad Cohen

in Singapore

Marina Bay Sands President and CEO Thomas Arasi tells Macau

Business that Las Vegas Sands’ US$5.6 billion integrated resort couldn’t have been built anywhere else and describes the advantages of opening second in Singapore’s two-casino market

hat are you most proud of about Marina Bay Sands and how will it enhance Singapore’s attractiveness as a vacation and business travel destination?

Thomas Arasi: Marina Bay Sands is a unique

destination offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences for leisure and business travellers. It’s the overall experience and the fact that we offer something for everyone under one roof that makes this destination so special. Where else can you find one destination with landmark architecture, the breathtaking Sands SkyPark [a rooftop pool, restaurant and lounge area 55 stories above Singapore], the best celebrity chef restaurants, Southeast Asia’s first long-running Broadway show “The Lion King”, and luxury shopping including Louis Vuitton’s first ever island shop floating on Marina Bay? [The “floating” shop is a pavilion with a glass exterior that looks like a crystal and is connected to the resort by an underwater tunnel.] Beyond the numbers and economic benefits

ascribable to Singapore, Marina Bay Sands will be a very big part of creating a new mystique, inviting image and buzz in the tourism, convention and business communities across Asia and across the world. It will add to the allure of Singapore, which is already a great city.

Coming attractions

What’s the projected schedule for completion of

the rest of the integrated resort (IR)?

TA: The first fase was opened on April 27, and this

includes 963 out of 2,560 hotel rooms, part of the shopping mall and convention centre, our first three celebrity chef restaurants plus other dining options, and the casino. Our grand opening on June 23 will see us open the

remaining hotel rooms, Sands SkyPark, the Event Plaza along with more great shops and restaurants. Our theatres, debuting with “The Lion King”, and the museum will open later in the year.

What is the synergy between the different components of Marina Bay Sands? Is there an overriding theme to the IR?

TA: Marina Bay Sands has something for everyone

and every component of our destination brings a compelling proposition that will add to that once-in- a-lifetime experience for our visitors. Whether it’s our magnificent rooftop Sands

SkyPark, our celebrity chef restaurants, “The Lion King”, or our exciting nightclubs Avalon and Pangaea, each aspect of our property is nothing short of amazing.

Teamwork the key

What is the single biggest key to success for Marina Bay Sands?

TA: Our team members! Just recently, we saw the first groups of team members moving into Marina Bay Sands and we will see thousands more moved in at the end of April.

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