(Macao, March 5, 2013) – A total of 13 hotels are now participating in the initiative to extend Earth Hour to every month of the year, with seven additional hotels joining Conrad Macao, Cotai Central; Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central; Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central; The Venetian® Macao; Four Seasons Hotel Macao and Sands® Macao Hotel in switching off their exterior facade and non-essential indoor lighting for one hour Tuesday night, beginning at 8:30 pm. The lights will be off again on Saturday, March 23, for the annual Earth Hour worldwide event.
“We are glad to see major corporations taking the lead in saving energy in Macao, and are pleased that Sands China has taken the initiative to raise the bar for sustainable operations with this important effort to make Earth Hour a monthly exercise in conservation,” said Arnaldo Santos, Director of the Macao SAR Government Office for the Development of the Energy Sector (GDSE).
“Sands® Cotai Central’s Conrad Macao posed a friendly challenge for 10 hotels to join its monthly lights-out,” said Mark McWhinnie, Senior Vice President of Operations of The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel and Sands Cotai Central. “It’s very encouraging to see more hotels joining forces in this impactful green initiative. Its challenge met, Conrad Macao will start going dark twice a month. It’s very good news for environmental sustainability in Macao to have the positive impact of Earth Hour extended throughout the entire year.”
Internationally, Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands and South Africa’s Cape Grace hotel will soon take on the monthly commitment as well, after participating in the worldwide Earth Hour on March 23. Earth Hour is an annual global event each March that encourages households and businesses to turn off non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness on climate change. Conrad Macao’s offer to increase its lights-off time to twice a month is part of Earth Hour's global ’I Will If You Will’ campaign.Find out more at www.facebook.com/EarthHourEveryMonth and www.twitter.com/EarthHour12Mths.
Photo caption: Seven additional hotels joined Sands China’s properties in turning off the lights of their exterior facades for one hour on Tuesday night, accelerating the effort to make participation in Earth Hour a monthly occurrence in Macao.
About Sands China Ltd.
Sands China Ltd. (HKEx: 1928, Sands China or the Company) is a subsidiary of global resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS), and is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. Sands China is the largest operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The Company’s Cotai Strip™ Resorts are comprised of The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel, The Plaza™ Macao and Sands® Cotai Central. The Company also owns and operates the Sands® Macao on the Macao peninsula. The Company’s integrated resorts contain a diversified mix of leisure and business attractions and transportation operations, including large meeting and convention facilities, a wide range of restaurants, shopping malls, world-class entertainment at the CotaiArena™ and the Venetian Theatre, and a high-speed Cotai Water Jet ferry service between Hong Kong and Macao. The Company’s property development projects on Cotai have the goal of transforming Cotai into Asia’s premier entertainment and business destination.
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