Cirque du Soleil brings show to China

Las Vegas Sands and Cirque du Soleil will create a
one-of-a-kind show that will be featured on the Cotai Strip currently
being developed by Las Vegas Sands in the People’s Republic of China
Special Administrative Region of Macao.The new show, conceived and created
solely by Cirque du Soleil will open in the Spring of 2008 in a theater
built specifically to their specifications and will have a capacity of
approximately 1,800 seats.
  “Cirque du Soleil is an international creative force and we are
thrilled that they are bringing their unique brand to Asia’s Las Vegas(TM).
As a recognized leader in the international entertainment community, Cirque
du Soleil has continually proven their ability to create one-of-a-kind,
innovative and enduring shows that many have tried to imitate,” said
William P. Weidner, president and chief operating officer of Las Vegas
Sands Corp. “We are certain that all of Asia will line up to see one of the
most successful and spectacular performance troupes in the world and we are
excited they have chosen to bring their unique brand of entertainment to
the Cotai Strip.”
  The deal outlines plans for Las Vegas Sands to develop and own the
1,800 seat theater as well as operate the food and beverage concession
stands. The design of the theater and creative and artistic decisions
surrounding all show elements will be the domain of Cirque du Soleil.
  Cirque du Soleil officials also said they are excited to participate in
this unique project as its first step in China. The creative challenge is
very interesting since this area has yet to be developed for its
entertainment offers.
  In addition to the new Cirque du Soleil theater, the Cotai Strip is
expected to be home to five other entertainment venues including a 15,000
seat arena that will feature some of the world’s biggest superstars. “This
is exactly what we envision for the Cotai Strip: creating an entertainment
destination, the likes of which no one has ever seen before in Asia,”
emphasized Mr. Weidner. “The addition of Cirque du Soleil and the ability
to showcase other innovative and popular talent will help us to establish
The Cotai Strip as an entertainment mecca.”
  The Cotai Strip is a master planned development of resort and casino
properties on Cotai, an area of reclaimed land between the islands of Taipa
and Coloane in Macao. Las Vegas Sands is developing The Venetian Macao,
which is currently under construction as well as hotel projects including a
Four Seasons hotel, Starwood’s Sheraton and St. Regis brands, a Shangri-La
Hotel and a Traders hotel, and a Hilton Hotel and Conrad Hotel. Las Vegas
Sands said it expects to make additional hotel, retail and entertainment
announcements in the weeks ahead.