MGM Hosts Blessing Ceremony for Its Dragon Boat Team
Senior Executives Cheer 56 Team Members to Roar to New Heights
May 11, 2017
MGM’s senior executives and the Dragon Boat Team pose for a group photo at the Blessing Ceremony. The senior executives cheer the Team to roar to new heights at the races.
[May 11, 2017, Macau] MGM hosted a Blessing Ceremony for its Dragon Boat Team at Nam Van Lake Nautical Center on May 11. A total of 56 Golden Lion Team members from both gaming and non-gaming departments, will take part in the “2017 Macao International Dragon Boat Races” on May 27, 28 and 30, to compete in four categories. The Dragon Boat Team is comprised of more than 96% local employees, the highest local participation ever as a result of their increasingly active interest.
The Ceremony was officiated by a team of MGM’s senior executives in which they extended their best wishes to the Team. It kicked off with the traditional rituals of incense offering and suckling pig cutting, followed by the eye-dotting ritual for the dragon boats. The MGM Dragon Boat Cheerleading Squad, formed by team members across gaming and non-gaming departments, gave an energetic performance to stir up the atmosphere and cheer the Team to victory. To show their full support to the Team, MGM’s senior executives got onto the dragon boats and rowed together as the ceremony drew to a successful closing with the confetti cannons blasting overhead, bestowing good luck on the Team before they plunged into their intensive training.
Mr. Grant Bowie, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited, said, “The Macao International Dragon Boat Races are great opportunities for us to lift the morale of our employees and encourage team spirit at the workplace. This year marks the 10th anniversary of MGM MACAU, and MGM COTAI will open in Q4 of this year. A strong team spirit is crucial for us to achieve these key milestones. With the belief that our employees’ well-being is equally important to their career development, we will continue to encourage work-life balance among our team members with these meaningful initiatives, and guide them in building successful career paths. I would like to express my sincere gratitude towards our Dragon Boat Team members for their relentless efforts and remarkable contribution to the races.”
Mr. Ng Kin Teng from Casino Operations department, one of the Dragon Boat Team members, said, “I am proud to represent the Company to participate in these international races and get close to the local community. The endurance required by the intensive training has made me much more aware about my health, diet and continuous exercise routines. My team members are the embodiment of perseverance and healthy competitive spirit. I am very excited for the upcoming event, and now I am more confident than ever to give my utmost best to win the races.”
MGM has always actively participated in various local sport events. Over the past 12 months, the Dragon Boat Team members have dedicated their spare time to intensive training, setting the right tone from the get-go and striving to roar to new heights at the races. In 2016, the Team won the Champion Title in Macau Standard Dragon Boat Race – Women (500M), and First Runner-up in the Macau Small Dragon Boat Race (200M) and Second Runner-Up in the Macau International Invitation Standard Dragon Boat Race – (500M).
MGM is an abbreviation for MGM China Holdings Limited (HKEx: 2282) and is a leading developer, owner and operator of gaming and lodging resorts in the Greater China region. We are the holding company of MGM Grand Paradise, SA which holds one of the six gaming concessions/subconcessions to run casino games in Macau. MGM Grand Paradise, SA owns and operates MGM MACAU, the award-winning premium integrated resort located on the Macau Peninsula and is developing a second resort, MGM COTAI which is expected to more than double our presence in Macau.
MGM MACAU is a Forbes Five-Star luxury integrated resort inspired by the arts with every element of the resort infused with creativity and style. MGM MACAU has approximately 600 guest rooms and suites and boasts a number of distinguishing features, including the architecturally stunning European-inspired Grande Praça, housed under a soaring glass ceiling. MGM MACAU’s world class facilities include the MGM Art Space, dedicating over 5,000 square feet to display authentic works of art, conference and event facilities, spa, and seven signature restaurants and bars to fulfill any gastronomic craving. Our property is conveniently located on prime waterfront on the Macau Peninsula and is directly connected to the luxury retail shopping complex, One Central.
Expected to open during the second half of 2017, MGM COTAI is the latest addition to the MGM portfolio in China. Designed as the “jewelry box” of Cotai, it plans to offer approximately 1,400 hotel rooms and suites, meeting space, high end spa, retail offerings and food and beverage outlets as well as the first international Mansion at MGM for the ultimate luxury experience. MGM COTAI will offer Asia’s first dynamic theater and a spectacle to wow every guest who steps foot in the resort. MGM COTAI is being developed to drive greater product diversification and bring more advanced and innovative forms of entertainment to Macau as it grows as a global tourist destination. MGM COTAI is the largest property and the first private sector project ever to achieve the China Green Building (Macau) Design Label Certification.
MGM China Holdings Limited is majority owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage.
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