Las Vegas Sands quietly became the fifth international IR operator to throw its weight behind Osaka’s bid to become the host of the 2025 World Expo at the city’s Yumeshima location.
Sands made this move in March, but it did so without drawing any press attention to its campaign.
Contacted by Asia Gaming Brief, George Tanasijevich, Sands’ managing director of global development, explained, “Osaka is a special business city where its long history and rich culture exist alongside technologically-sophisticated companies and warm, dynamic local people. The 2025 World Expo is an opportunity for Osaka to highlight these qualities and enhance its importance as a global city and destination. Las Vegas Sands is proud to be an Official Partner of Osaka’s 2025 World Expo bid. We wish Osaka the best as it gears up for the final stages of the bid, and look forward to contributing to the city’s successful holding of the 2015 World Expo if it wins the bid.”
Last October, Melco Resorts & Entertainment became the first operator to back Osaka’s World Expo bid, and was followed by MGM, Hard Rock, and Caesars.