Sands China Ltd., this week, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Venetian Macao. The event was highlighted by a ceremony Monday at the resort’s outdoor lagoon.
The property officially opened on Aug. 28, 2007, with great expectations for its success, as the company's anchor property on the Cotai Strip. It quickly became a must-see landmark destination and redefined the Cotai skyline, where it continues to draw millions of visitors from around the world.
Monday's celebration had originally been scheduled to take place on The Venetian's Aug. 28 anniversary date. Sands China elected to postpone the event in light of the needs of the local community in the aftermath of Typhoon Hato.
The Venetian Macao has now been joined by three interconnected sister resorts – The Plaza Macao, Sands Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao. The resorts form an integrated resort city on Cotai attracting nearly half a billion visitors over the last 10 years.
Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Sands China Ltd. Sheldon G. Adelson said, "This property has a very special place in my heart. It was my wife, Miriam, who first had the inspiration to recreate Venice in Las Vegas, and opening The Venetian Macao in 2007 marked the beginning of my vision for the Cotai Strip.”
He added, “Nothing is more fulfilling to an entrepreneur than to see a vision turned into reality.”
Adelson, 84, was unable to attend the ceremony due to what the company says was a minor fall. The billionaire is expected to make a full recovery, the company says. The statement revealed that Adelson fractured three ribs during a ferry ride from Macau to Hong Kong.