Sheraton Macao Hotel at Sands Cotai Central Adds Over 2,000 New Rooms<1928.HK>

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Ceremony marks completion of Earth Tower

MACAO,  Jan. 29, 2013  /PRNewswire/ --  Sands Cotai Central, the integrated
resort at the absolute centre of Cotai Strip Resorts, celebrated the completion
of Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central's Earth Tower Monday, whose 2,067 new
rooms and suites brings the hotel's total room count to 3,896, making it the
largest hotel both in  Macao  and in the global portfolio of  Starwood  Hotels &
Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT).  

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Sands Cotai Central's parent-company Sands China Ltd. (HKSE: 1928), a
majority-held subsidiary of global integrated resort developer Las Vegas Sands
Corp. (NYSE: LVS), commemorated the event with a celebrity-hosted ceremony that
included drummers, a lion dance, firecrackers and an official ribbon cutting.
With the completion of Earth Tower, Sands China's Cotai Strip Resorts now
provides over 9,000 hotel rooms and suites -- the single largest accommodation
offering in  Macao.

"With each new milestone in the development of Cotai Strip Resorts,  Macao 
becomes one step closer to establishing itself as a world centre of tourism and
leisure," said  Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sands China
Ltd. "Inspired by the vision of our chairman, Mr.  Sheldon Adelson, Sands China
is proud of our contribution toward that goal. His innovative integrated resort
concept provides  Macao's visitors with a full spectrum of accommodation,
retail, dining, entertainment and MICE offerings, which we are confident will
transform Cotai into one of  Asia's top destinations for business and leisure
travellers. The wide range of products and services provided by our integrated
resort city will be key drivers in the diversification of  Macao's tourism

"Sheraton Macao Hotel is a landmark property for  Macao  and for Starwood," said
 Josef Dolp, Managing Director, Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central. "Our
dedicated team has worked very hard toward the completion of Earth Tower, and we
all look forward to continuing to offer our guests Sheraton's genuine and
exceptional experiences, as we help define  Macao  as one of the world's most
exciting gathering places."

Hong Kong  actors  Louis Koo,  Anita Yuen  and  Athena Chu  officiated Monday
afternoon's ceremony along with  Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director,
Macau Government Tourist Office; Mr. Tracy;  David Sisk, Executive Vice
President and Chief Operating Officer, Sands China Ltd.; and Mr. Dolp. Koo, Yuen
and Chu afterwards attended a ceremony to immortalise their hand prints and
signatures for Sands Cotai Central's upcoming Avenue of the Stars.

The celebrations continue on Saturday, with Race with the Stars, in which a
glittering cast of celebrities from  Hong Kong,  Taiwan  and mainland  China 
will lead 50 lucky draw winners as they complete exciting challenges across The
Venetian  Macao-Resort-Hotel, Sands Cotai Central and The Plaza  Macao, with the
winning team taking home MOP 500,000 worth of amazing prizes!  

In completing Earth Tower, Sheraton Macao Hotel will also soon be introducing
the addition of two more outdoor pools, one offering spectacular views of Cotai.
The hotel is home to a well-equipped Sheraton Club Lounge, a main ballroom the
size of more than 11 basketball courts, more than 160,000 square feet (over
14,800 square metres) of meeting space and three signature restaurants. The
hotel widens Starwood's lead in  Asia Pacific, where it is the largest operator
of four and five star hotels and on track to reach more than 320 hotels by 2014.

Sheraton Macao Hotel's location within Sands Cotai Central means its guests also
enjoy easy access to the full range of facilities and services provided by the
integrated resort and its interconnected properties -- The Plaza Macao and The
Venetian Macao. The Shoppes mega-mall offers shoppers a staggering 600 duty-free
retailers to choose from, complete with entertainment by lively and engaging
street performers. The CotaiArena, CotaiExpo and the Venetian Theatre provide a
constant and diverse flow of entertainment to suit all tastes, from concerts and
sporting events to plays and other cultural performances. Add to that a truly
international selection of dining options, and Sheraton Macao Hotel guests will
find everything they're looking for is all under one roof at Sands Cotai

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About Sands Cotai Central

Opened in  April 2012, Sands Cotai Central is the centre point of Cotai Strip
Resorts -- the pathway to adventure, fun and fortune. Featuring three celebrated
hotel brands -- Conrad, Sheraton and Holiday Inn -- Sands Cotai Central offers
visitors to Cotai an expanded offering of affordable luxury available nowhere
else in  Macao, with approximately 6,000 hotel rooms and suites, and 1.2 million
square feet (111,000 square metres) of retail, entertainment and dining
facilities, and meetings and convention space. With over 90 retail outlets,
Shoppes Cotai Central joins Shoppes Grand Canal and Shoppes at Four Seasons to
offer a total of over 600 luxury duty-free stores to choose from -- the most in
any one single location in all of  Macao. And with two spas and three health
clubs, Sands Cotai Central provides a new level of luxury and accessibility to

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About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and
leisure companies in the world with 1,134 properties in nearly 100 countries and
154,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully
integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with
the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection,
W, Westin, Le Meridien, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft, and
Element(SM). The Company boasts one of the industry's leading loyalty programs,
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for
room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also
owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class
vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to
Starwood brands. For more information, please visit

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Venetian Macau Limited  
Tel: +853-8118-2268  

Nadeen Ayala
Starwood Hotels & Resorts  
Tel: +1-203-351-2542  

SOURCE  Sands China Ltd.

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