Sands China honours suppliers at Sands Supplier Excellence Awards for fifth year

06 Dec 2017  99 | World Travel News

MACAO - Sands China Ltd. held its 2017 Sands Supplier Excellence Awards at The Venetian Macao recently, where the company recognised the cooperation and services of several of its outstanding suppliers. Held at the end of each year, the awards are a global initiative of Sands China's parent company, Las Vegas Sands Corp.

"For five years now, Sands China has held these awards to recognise the most outstanding of our suppliers," said Dr. Wilfred Wong, president of Sands China Ltd. "Sands China considers our suppliers to be partners in our mutual success. So whether large corporations, small businesses, or micro-enterprises, it is our pleasure to recognise the suppliers who have demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism and service – not only during normal business operations, but even under extreme circumstances such as after Typhoon Hato. It is through working hand-in-hand that we are better able to fulfil our company strategy of delivering unforgettable experiences to our guests and visitors."

Nearly 30 companies were nominated for this year's Sands Supplier Excellence Awards by Sands China's business units and employees, carefully selected from among thousands of service providers and suppliers that work with the company. The companies nominated represent diverse industries like construction and development; furniture, fixtures and equipment; facilities and services; hotel supplies; food and beverage; and many others. This year's winners include long-established local companies that have contributed to Macao's development over the years.

As in prior years, the 2017 Sands Supplier Excellence Awards featured entertainment and an appreciation dinner. More than 400 participants were invited, in which nearly 300 representing 144 suppliers – mostly from Macao, Hong Kong and mainland China. Awards were given to distinguished suppliers in seven categories: small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME), corporate culture and sustainability, cost management, service excellence, project management, total quality management, and innovation. This year, the service excellence category has been expanded to include a total of four awards recognising outstanding local suppliers who made significant contributions to Macao's recovery effort and fully supported Sands China's daily operations and typhoon relief effort after Typhoon Hato caused extensive damage to the city in August. Winners of the awards were selected by a judging committee comprised of Sands China executive management. Judges examine a range of criteria including suppliers' leadership, vision and strategy; product consistency and process capability; and creative partnership opportunities, among other criteria. Besides some large companies, five out of the 10 winners are local SMEs (Chao Pak Kei, Legumes E Hortalicas Lei Kei Limitada, Chi Kei Fo Van, Hang Fong Hong (Macau) Limited, and Long Tin), a testament to Sands China's ongoing support of local Macao enterprises.