Venetian Las Vegas Gives 1,000 Meals Daily to Homeless

LOVE Sign Inside of Venetian Resort Las VegasIn a partnership with Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, the Venetian Resort is providing 1,000 boxed meals a day to the homeless in the Las Vegas Valley.

From May 1 through May 14, they will be providing meals daily for a total of 14,000 meals.

The Venetian partnered with Catholic Charities for the philanthropic mission since Catholic Charities’ dining room was shuttered due to the coronavirus outbreak, which hindered their ability to provide homeless outreach.

Every boxed meal is prepared fresh daily by the Venetian’s culinary team, which is led by the vice president of culinary operations at The Venetian Las Vegas, Chef Olivier Dubreuil.

The boxed meals contain a “Message of LOVE,” which is a note of encouragement submitted online by Venetian team members all across the globe. It coincides with the lit-up display of the word “LOVE” that has been shining big and bright on the property’s building throughout the Strip’s shutdown.

Each box also comes equipped with a Venetian Clean hygiene kit, which contains body wash, soap, and lotion.

Sands China Assembles 40,000 Hygiene Kits for Clean the World

For the sixth year in a row, Sands China Ltd., a subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS) which owns the Venetian Las Vegas, participated in a hygiene kit build, similar to the kits provided in the boxed meals.

Last December, nearly 350 volunteers from Sands China Ltd. and local community groups came together at The Venetian Macao to build 40,000 of the total 100,000 hygiene kits necessary for the Las Vegas Sands 2019 Global Disaster Relief & Community Preparedness Event with Clean the World.

Clean the World is a social enterprise that provides hygiene supplies that are vital to and support good health and the prevention of disease to underserved populations around the globe.

These emergency response hygiene kits are distributed to those in immediate need during crisis and disaster. The 40,000 kits developed from the event benefited the global charity Children International and sent the kits to families in need in the Philippines.

Venetian Clean Commitment

With casinos on the horizon of opening back up on the Las Vegas Strip and nationwide, it’s the time for casino operators to develop serious safety precautions for staff and visitors to feel safe returning to properties.

The Venetian Las Vegas recently outlined its Venetian Clean Commitment initiative, which was developed through industry and governmental guidance amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s a document summary that includes 800 individual initiatives.

Some of those specific initiatives include:

  • Thermal screenings of every entrant to the casino, including staff members and guests, set up at different entry points on the property to monitor an individual’s internal temperature.
  • Venetian Clean “personal care” kit for hotel suite guests.
  • Allowing visitors to masks and gloves when visiting the resort, with the exception of masks that cover the entire face.
  • Rearranging the casino floor and other physical layouts to support social distancing guidelines.
  • State-of-the-art clean technology, including thermal scanners, UV lights for decontaminating shipments and frequently used hotel equipment, and sterilay disinfection wand for retail spaces to disinfect POS systems and other hard surfaces.
  • Additional COVID-19 training to team members.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) provided to every staff member.

Stay Tuned

While the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas remains closed amid the statewide shut down of casinos, we’re happy to see the ways the property is reaching out to help those in need in the Las Vegas area.

The property recently canceled all guest reservations through May 31, and it’s clear that they’re taking the necessary steps and precautions to open back up as safely as they possibly can.

Will you be visiting the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas once they reopen? Let us know in the comments below. As always, stay safe and healthy out there!

Venetian Las Vegas Outlines Reopening Protocols

Venetian Las VegasThe Venetian Las Vegas, who recently canceled all guest reservations through May 31, announced their protocols for reopening the casino amid the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday.

General measures involve the thermal screening of all guests, providing masks to all guests, and rearranging the casino floor to support social distancing.

Hundreds of hand sanitizing stations have also been deployed all throughout the resort’s high traffic areas.

In the new initiative that they’re calling the “Venetian Clean Commitment” over 800 initiatives have been put into place. They involve specific cleaning guidelines and COVID-19 screening measures.

COVID-19 Specific Initiatives

The property has put several specific COVID-19 initiatives in place to maintain the health of safety of every guest that visits the resorts. They include:

  • Thermal screeners at every entry point to monitor team members and guest’s internal temperature. Those who show temperatures at or over 100.4°F (38°C) will require a second screening and further medical assessment.
  • Allowing guests to wear personal face masks and gloves while visiting the resort, with the exception of masks that cover the entire face. The resort will provide hotel guests with a complimentary face mask, and a Venetian Clean “personal care” kit for hotel suite guest.
  • 25 certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) will be on-site and available 24 hours a day.
  • The resort has rearranged the casino floor, including slot machines and table games, to support social distancing. Restaurant tables and other physical layouts have also been rearranged, including reduced seating.

Venetian Clean Technology

The resort is using the latest technology to make sure its property is at the highest standards of sanitation. That technology includes:

  • Thermal scanners that allow for a non-invasive check of any individual that gets scanned.
  • New electrostatic sprayers that spray hospital-grade disinfectants on high-touch surfaces throughout off-peak business hours. Focus areas include hotel lobbies, public spaces, and heart-of-house offices.
  • UV lights to decontaminate any shipments that arrive or leave the resort. The technology will also be utilized to decontaminate frequently used hotel equipment, such as bell service carts and luggage.
  • Sterilray disinfection wand to be used at every resort retail space in disinfecting POS systems and other frequently touched hard surfaces.

Team Member Initiatives

Team members will also be given specific initiatives to ensure the safest possible workspace. Those initiatives include:

  • Additional training on COVID-19 safety and sanitation protocols, including comprehensive training to team members who have frequent guest contact, including housekeeping, food & beverage, hotel operations, and security.
  • Thermal scans of every team member, which will occur at each hotel entrance.
  • Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided to every team member, with certain variances in what type of PPE will be worn based on job roles and responsibilities.
  • “Heart of house” back areas will receive frequent cleaning and disinfecting, with an emphasis on staff dining areas, staff entrance, uniform control rooms, training classrooms, and service desks.
  • Shared tools and equipment will be frequently sanitized and all other direct contact items throughout the resort.

About Venetian Clean Commitment

The Venetian Clean Commitment initiative was developed through closely monitoring industry and government guidance in regards to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The resort has referred to these important guidelines in developing their initiative that focuses on the sanitation, cleaning, and prevention of virus transmission.

The full document represents a summary that includes 800 separate initiatives.

Venetian Cancels Reservations Through May 31; Employee Pay Extended

The Venetian Las VegasAs there is no definitive reopening date for casinos in Las Vegas, the Venetian Las Vegas has decided to cancel all reservations through May 31.

The property also announced that Las Vegas Sands, which owns the Venetian, will continue to pay its 9,300 employees through May 17.

Sheldon Adelson, casino magnate and billionaire CEO of Las Vegas Sands, says the pandemic is “unlike anything” he’s ever seen throughout his business career.

But while the situation has been testing and unique, to say the least, he assured Sands team members that the company is focused on their health and safety first and foremost, and on supporting each of its host communities in Macao, Singapore, and Las Vegas.

Adelson, in a company letter, expressed his pleasure at announcing the company-wide decision to extend all employee benefits and pay until at least May 17.

He added that his leadership team will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep employees informed of any new updates that come through.

Helping Out Employees in Any Way They Can

The Las Vegas Sands company is among two major casino companies in Clark County who promised to pay its workers through the shutdown. The other company is Wynn Resorts.

Adelson advised that the company will also be covering emergency pay for nearly 1,200 workers that span across 14 different restaurants inside of the Venetian. The way the company is covering emergency costs for salaried employees while providing weekly stipends to hourly and part-time employees.

Las Vegas Sands President and COO Rob Goldstein, said the company is doing the best they can to help out team members and extended family during these difficult and unprecedented times. Saying that this is the time when “we all have to step up.”

Las Vegas Sands Helps Out The Community, Too

On April 1, Las Vegas Sands made out a massive donated of over two million pieces of personal protective equipment, items that are among the most desperately needed throughout this pandemic.

They gave one million medical masks to the country’s coronavirus epicenter, New York City, and one million masks to healthcare facilities throughout Southern Nevada.

They also donated 20,000 protective suits across Nevada’s healthcare industry as well.

Not only were they generous in donating these valuable medical supplies, but Sands has also contributed $250,000 to various local organizations in the community.

Those vital organizations include Three Square, which is Southern Nevada’s largest hunger-relief organization, and Communities in Schools, which provides a way of giving meals to underprivileged students.

They’ve also donated to Share Las Vegas, which is a local program offering assistance to veterans.

Las Vegas Sands Suspends Dividend Program

While Las Vegas Sands has been extremely generous to its workers and the local community throughout this period of economic downfall, it’s also had to come up with a way to offset those economic losses caused by the pandemic.

On April 17, the company announced its decision to suspend its dividend program as a means of holding up the company balance sheet, which will, in turn, add long-term stockholder value.

Adelson is optimistic about the company’s decision to suspend its dividend program, saying that many strategic opportunities will come out of it once the virus is a thing o the past.

Currently, Las Vegas Sands has over $4 billion in cash on its balance sheet.

Eager for the Las Vegas Strip to Return

The Venetian, along with other mega-resort-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, is eager to reopen their doors once it’s safe to do so and Gov. Steve Sisolak gives the green light.

We’re unsure exactly when that date might be, as the Governor recently released a phased reopening plan which calls for the close monitoring of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations for the next 14 days.

Should those numbers be on the decline, the state can move onto Phase One of reopening.

The Las Vegas Strip will likely look a lot different once it’s reopened, with many casino executives discussing their ideas of coronavirus safety measures.

Some of those measurements include thermal screenings of guests and social distancing guidelines on casino floors.

Stay Tuned

It’s currently a waiting game to see when Las Vegas will return, but we’re confident that when it does, the proper measures will be put into place.

We know one thing for sure, we’re eager to get back to a pre-COVID-19 world and look forward to welcoming guests back to Las Vegas.

How much longer do you think the shutdown in Nevada will last? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

Lucky Slots Player Hits $1.2M Jackpot at the Venetian

Wheel of Fortune Slot MachinesOne lucky slots player turned a mere $5 investment into a cool $1.2 million jackpot at the Venetian on Wednesday night.

The anonymous winner got the win of a lifetime while playing the Wheel of Fortune Wild Red Sevens slot. The player won $1,264,574, to be exact.

Other Recent Wheel of Fortune Winners in the Valley

This major win makes the third big win for Wheel of Fortune players in the Las Vegas valley over the last few months alone.

Earlier this month, a player won $1.7 million off a $10 wager while playing the Wheel of Fortune slot machine at the Wynn Las Vegas. In January, a gambler won over double that amount, $5.4 million, while playing its machine at the Excalibur. And last November, a player won $2.2 million trying their hand at the machine at the Mirage.

Other Big Wins This Week

  • A video keno player’s two seven-spot cards earned him a $14,000 win at Fiesta Rancho.
  • A Hot Stuff slots player won over $10,000 from a $3.20 bet at Golden Nugget.
  • A South Carolina visitor won 50-Hand video game poker with a clubs royal flush for $10,000 at Four Queens.
  • A Double Diamonds player won $8,000 at Fremont.
  • A Binion’s employee hit a royal flush on a $1 video poker machine for $4,000, right before starting his shirt.

About Slot Machines at the Venetian

The Venetian Resort & Casino in Las Vegas features over 1,000 slot games, with an extensive selection to delight players of all different preferences and gaming tastes. The Venetian also includes a high-limit slots salon, with games that allow bets up to $5,000 a spin. From their official website:

The Venetian and The Palazzo are well known for having the most extensive selection of slots and video poker machines in the city. All your favorites are here on our two elegant casino floors. Experience the excitement as the reels spin and the bells ring, and earn generous rewards for your play when you join Grazie, the Strip’s premier loyalty program.

There’s only one place to play Las Vegas slots, and that’s The Venetian and The Palazzo. With more than 1,000 slot games at The Venetian and over 900 slot games at The Palazzo, you’re sure to find your favorite game or find a new great game to enjoy. Regular updates bring the latest slot machines, such as Ghost Busters 4D, Game of Thrones: Fire & Blood and Lord of the Rings – Rule Them All.

The Venetian Las Vegas Prepares to Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary

The Venetian Las Vegas is already making huge plans for the celebration of its 20th anniversary, which is planned for May 3. The celebration will start with an act of honoring the 650 ‘founders’ of this legendary facility. The ‘founders’ are actually all team members to have ever worked for this company ever since it was founded back in 1999.

There will be plenty of other interesting and exciting activities that the visitors of this celebration will have an opportunity to enjoy. First of all, a huge exhibition of a sort is planned which will be featured on exterior marquees of the facility. This will actually be a tribute to all the founders of the company who were active during the last two decades. Their photos will be displayed here and everyone visiting the celebration will be able to walk past their photos.

Furthermore, the team also plans to take a group photo in the Waterfall Atrium. There is a wonderful LOVE installation that is a perfect place for a photograph. Therefore, the plan is to take the photo in that area.

Finally, the organizers also planned a gala event which is called ‘Founders Ball.’ It will be a ball held in the founders’ honor, but it will take place later this summer.

In addition to the official events that are listed above, there will be a couple of things guests should pay attention to as well since they will receive special treats.

In fact, guests who take a ride with The Venetian Gondola indoors or outdoors will have an opportunity to receive a special Venetian Rose on May 3. This special type of rose was actually introduced to the floral community back in 2015, and it was bred exclusively for the resort located in Las Vegas. In other words, if you want to have a flower which is unique to this resort, make sure to take a Gondola ride on its anniversary.

Furthermore, guests who pass by the check-in point on May 3 will be surprised by team members of The Venetian who have prepared some really special treats that will commemorate the occasion.

The resort in Las Vegas will actually start its ‘Year of Celebrations’ by celebrating its 20th anniversary. In other words, they will offer groups of visitors a special way to celebrate. Everyone who decides to visit The Venetian will have an opportunity to enjoy its beauty and events. They even have a special team which is responsible for planning celebrations in The Venetian, and they can adapt their offer to any type of celebration, including small-group and intimate celebrations, or even huge bachelorette parties and similar events.

A Short History of The Venetian

The original idea to build The Venetian came up in 1996 when Sheldon Adelson announced his plans about this resort. It was completed by 1999 and opened officially on May 3, 1999. The resort features a total of 120,000 sq ft of gaming space, and the Grand Canal Shoppes Sands Expo is one of its signature attractions. At the moment, the number of rooms in its hotel is 4,049 which means that it is one of the largest resorts in Las Vegas at the moment. Needless to say, it is designed to resemble the Renaissance period in Venice which was one of the most culturally advanced cities in European history not only during the Renaissance but also during the entire human civilization, with brilliant minds such as Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci being its part.