Macau casino operator Sands China Ltd says it has welcomed a second batch of managers into its Sands China International Strategic Leadership Programme for Integrated Resorts.
The organisation’s future leaders were inducted at a recent ceremony held at The Venetian Macao casino resort, Sands China said in a written statement issued on Wednesday. Sands China is the Macau arm of U.S. casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp.
The company says it will send the 26 managers (pictured) taking part in the course, around the world. From now until November, the programme participants will tap the expertise at three universities on three continents: the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics in Lisbon, Portugal; the Cornell School of Hotel Administration in Ithaca, New York, United States; and the University of Saint Joseph in Macao.
“The international strategic leadership programme represents a significant investment by Sands China to further develop local talent and nurture our team members… one of our highest priorities,” said Grant Chum, Sands China chief of staff, in Wednesday’s press release.
The Sands China Academy and the three universities created the programme to assist the Macau government’s efforts to develop leaders for the gaming sector. The managers taking the programme come from all walks of life and educational backgrounds, and are drawn from various departments in the organisation.
Sands China hopes the practical component of the programme will inspire the managers to respond to the challenges facing the gaming and hospitality industries by developing novel, “forward-looking strategies”. Those strategies will be presented to Sands China senior executives in November.
Sands China says it values the development of a well-trained workforce not only to expand its business, but also to allow Macau to offer more diverse attractions, so the city can achieve its ambitions to be a draw for tourists and leisure-seekers from around the world, and to contribute to the growth of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, a regional economic integration plan proposed by China’s central government.
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