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Published on : Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao, Macao’s premier events destination, has long been dedicated to setting the industry standard in developing sustainable business practices with a range of green offerings under its Sands ECO360° Meeting Programme. In order to further raise the awareness of the Sands ECO360° environmental advocacy and fully leverage the company’s environmentally preferable facilities and business practices, Sands Resorts is launching a Green Meetings offer for its meeting and convention clients.
From now until Dec. 31, 2015, event planners and clients who use the Sands ECO360° Meetings event planning tool or any green meeting tools at Sands Resorts, which comprises The Venetian® Macao and Conrad Macao, Cotai Central and Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central, will be entitled to a 20% discount on in-house audio and visual services and equipment. The Sands ECO360° meeting tool includes a series of standard sustainable practices and high-performance facilities that are designed to reduce the environmental impact of an event, such as using energy saving lighting, giving preferences to the local suppliers and placing equipment in a power-saving eco-mode at the end of each event.
“Sustainable development is undoubtedly becoming a global trend of business operations,” said Mark McWhinnie, senior vice president of resort operations and development of Sands China Ltd. “The Sands ECO360° meetings event planning tool has been a crucial part of the company’s overall sustainability investment and has achieved significant progress in the area of environmental protection and preservation. Our company will continue to promote the importance of sustainable development as a leading developer and operator of integrated hotel resorts, to encourage and support our meeting and convention clients to share this value with us.”
Sands Resorts offers a one-stop service that makes event planning more convenient and seamless for our clients, from banquet, entertainment, audio-visual, floral arrangement to travel service, taking care of every step from planning to executing an event. For meeting and convention clients who are interested in hosting a green event, Sands Resorts’ Green Meeting Concierge — a team of well-trained and dedicated professionals, will seamlessly integrate Sands’ standard sustainability practices into meeting events, so as to meet individual sustainability goals throughout the event. Event planners who adopt Sands ECO360° Meetings programme can also request a report to track their meetings’ sustainability performance – Sands ECO360° Event Impact Statement. The report will be produced and released after the event, outlining its energy and water consumption, recycling rate, carbon emissions and highlights of sustainable initiatives.
In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of business operations in 2014, Sands China reduced annual electricity consumption by 26 million kWh compared with 2013. Its ongoing commitment and efforts in promoting property-wide initiatives towards environmental sustainability has been acknowledged by authorities worldwide. In 2014, Sands China was recognized as the winner of IMEX GMIC Green Supplier Award. Besides, one of the best established brands of Sands China, The Venetian Macao, became the first entity in Macao to receive the prominent ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System certification.
Macao is one of the fastest growing and best facilitated meeting and convention destinations in the region. It offers easy accessibility, with visa-free entry offered for nationals from more than 75 countries, direct flights to more than 30 cities in the mainland China and across the Asia-Pacific region, plus over 100 airlines reaching 180 destinations via Hong Kong International Airport. Along with its state-of-the-art peripheral facilities, the unique East-meets-West cultural heritage of Macao makes it one of the most sought-after destinations for various business and cultural events. Event planners need look no further than Sands Resorts as their event destination to enjoy the convenience and flexibility provided by the ultimate meeting facilities and one-stop event service at the leading integrated resort in Macao.