Macao, February 6. Five more hotels are now participating in the Sands China Ltd. initiative to extend Earth Hour to every month of the year, following the January 17 lights-out by Sands Cotai Central’s Conrad Macao. On Tuesday night at 8:30 pm, The Venetian® Macao; Four Seasons Hotel Macao; Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central; Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central and Sands® Macao Hotel all joined Conrad Macao, Cotai Central in switching off their exterior facade and non-essential indoor lighting for an hour.
The ambitious and impactful initiative is part of the ongoing environmental sustainability efforts of Sands ECO360°, the global green initiative of Sands China’s parent company, Las Vegas Sands Corp.
“The company is delighted to see this extended participation in Earth Hour gaining momentum,” said Mark McWhinnie, Senior Vice President of Operations of The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel and Sands Cotai Central. “With all six of the hotels on Sands China’s Macao properties now coming together to conserve additional energy on the first Tuesday of every month, we hope this example of the Sands ECO360° programme in action will inspire other Macao hotels to join us in raising the bar for environmental sustainability in Macao.”
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 had proposed a friendly challenge to Macao’s hotels and resorts as part of Earth Hour’s global ’I Will If You Will’ campaign. It offered to increase its lights-off time to twice a month if 10 other Macao hotels will agree to join in the effort once a month.
With an aim to continuously improve the company’s stewardship of the environment, Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s Sands ECO360° programme puts practical measures in place at all of its global properties.
As one example, lighting measures at The Venetian Macao saved an estimated 12.9 million kWh in energy consumption in 2011, despite the fact that the property has grown in size. These types of environmentally sound measures have helped both The Venetian Macao and Sands Macao earn the Macao SAR government’s coveted Macao Green Hotel Award.