Las Vegas Sands Provides Updated Marina Bay Sands Upgrades

Posted: February 9, 2022, 7:15 a.m.

Last update on: February 9, 2022, 7:15 a.m.

Las Vegas Sands said in January it would add $1 billion in upgrades to Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands (MBS) casino resort. He has now provided an update on what’s to come and when the upgrades will be complete.

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Marina Bay Sands continues to be flooded with cash from Las Vegas Sands. New upgrades to hotel rooms and suites, as well as a new restaurant, are coming this year and next. (Image: Conde Nast Traveler)

Las Vegas Sands has worked on $3.3 billion worth of MBS upgrades over the past two years. This investment is part of a larger agreement with Singapore which has extended the regional exclusivity of the operator until 2030, if not later.

Ongoing renovations face obstacles

The renovations originally had a completion date of 2025. However, the schedule has changed due to COVID-19. Currently, they are on track for a conclusion in 2026.

Sands then announced on an earnings call last month that it was adding another $1 billion to the mix. A press release earlier this week shed some light on what the operator has in mind.

Our reinvestment along with our planned multi-billion dollar expansion that we announced in 2019 is yet another demonstration of our long-term support for Singapore,” said LVS Chairman and CEO Robert Goldstein.

All rooms and suites of two of the hotel’s three towers at MBS receive a recovery “in depth”. In addition, the 55th floor of the three towers will receive modifications. Among these will be a renovation of the executive club loungethe toilets and the top-of-the-range catering area.

The property will also add a new restaurant to its amenities. wakuda, developed by Japanese-born Australian chef Tetsuya Wakuda and restaurateur John Kunkel, arrives as soon as the final plates and tablecloths are in place. Kunkel is the founder of 50 Eggs Hospitality Group and describes Wakuda as “a bold and artful collision of time and culture, traditional Eastern mythology and alluring design”.

Sands Prepares the Wow Factor

MBS COO Paul Town has yet to give too many details about the upgrades. He said in the press release that more information will come “in the coming months” as border restrictions ease to allow more traffic.

Singapore eased travel restrictions last September before reinstating stricter travel controls in December. The omicron variant of COVID-19 has proven debilitating for a number of countries.

However, in mid-January, Singapore was able to ease restrictions again. She started selling bus and plane tickets to travel between Malaysia and the country. There were only half the number of tickets available that would normally be seen, and only vaccinated travelers can make the trip.

Singapore will continue to ease restrictions as it should and MBS will be ready as it does. The second round of upgrades currently underway will be completed in stages between this year and 2023, and the casino will unveil the changes “as international travel returns after border restrictions ease.”

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