Amid fanfare and celebration, The Parisian Macao opened its doors to the public for the first time on Tuesday 13 September.The grand opening of the newest integrated resort from Sands China Ltd. and parent company Las Vegas Sands Corp. represents the crowning achievement of company Chairman and CEO Mr. Sheldon G. Adelson’s vision for the Cotai Strip.“What started with a Venetian and now adds a Parisian to the family, the Cotai Strip has become one of the world’s greatest tourism marvels,” said Mr. Adelson. “Before our very eyes, Macao is making a similar transition to the one it took Las Vegas decades to make, evolving from a destination only suited for gaming customers, to an environment which still provides a safe and reputable gaming experience, but also offers a wide variety of activities, attractions and amenities for people of all backgrounds, income levels and interests.”“No one has believed more, or invested more, in Macao’s future as a leisure and business destination,” Mr. Adelson continued. “We never wavered in our development plans, or our desire to serve as a model for the type of development which would help diversify Macao’s economy through the introduction and growth of important non-gaming attractions. I’m tremendously proud and honoured that our company made such a bold commitment to Macao and I will be forever grateful to the people of Macao and its leaders for the support they have shown us since even before we opened the Sands Macao in 2004. Adelson participated in a Q&A session earlier in the day at a press conference he attended with Las Vegas Sands President and Chief Operating Officer Mr. Robert G. Goldstein and Sands China Ltd. President Dr. Wilfred Wong. The press conference was moderated by Mr. Ron Reese, senior vice president of global communications and corporate affairs for Las Vegas Sands.Tuesday night’s opening celebration included pyrotechnics and a lightshow at The Parisian Macao’s half-scale authentic recreation of the Eiffel Tower, now a prominent feature on the Cotai skyline. The programme’s entertainment highlight was a performance by multi-award-winning Belgian singer Lara Fabian, who made her Macao debut.The Cotai Strip was crowded with both locals and tourists, who had gathered outside to enjoy the opening festivities courtesy of live streams broadcast on all of Sands China’s large outdoor screens along the Cotai Strip.Guests of honour at the opening ceremony were Ms. Chan Hoi Fan, acting chief executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region; Mr. Sun Da, deputy director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR; Mr. Cai Siping, acting commissioner of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao Special Administrative Region; Mr. Leong Vai Tac, Macao SAR secretary for economy and finance; Dr. Alexis Tam Chon Weng, Macao SAR secretary for social affairs and culture; Mr. Adelson; Dr. Miriam Adelson; Mr. Goldstein; Dr. Wong; Mr. Patrick Dumont, chief financial officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp.; and Mr. Antonio Ferreira, managing director of Venetian Macau Limited.In keeping with tradition, a lion dance was an essential part of the day’s earlier events, and the evening of festivities concluded with a gala dinner featuring a performance by Hong Kong actress and pop star Karen Mok. An expansive and elegant rotunda awaits visitors of The Parisian Macao.Pyrotechnics shoot from the authentic half-scale recreation of the Eiffel Tower at the grand opening ceremony of The Parisian Macao, lighting up the Cotai skyline Tuesday night.Multi-award-winning Belgian singer Lara Fabian performs at the grand opening ceremony of The Parisian Macao Tuesday. Las Vegas Sands President and Chief Operating Officer Mr. Robert G. Goldstein and Sands China Ltd. President Dr. Wilfred Wong join Mr. Sheldon G. Adelson at Tuesday’s press conference in Macao for the grand opening of The Parisian Macao.