Sheldon Adelson Nominated to U.S. Trade Panel

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Las Vegas, NV — The value of exhibitions may now be given more weight in U.S. trade policy negotiations with the addition of Sheldon Adelson to a key government trade panel. Adelson is a founder of COMDEX and the current chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp.

The White House announced that President Bush  nominated Adelson for a seat on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, a high-powered cadre of business luminaries that provides counsel to the U.S. Trade Representative.

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab met with Adelson and Las Vegas Sands Corp. President William Weidner in Las Vegas January 7 to talk about the job. Adelson said that he was honored by Bush’s nomination and would do his best to open doors currently closed to U.S. companies.

Weidner said afterward that the 76-year-old Adelson’s expertise in trade shows would make him a valued asset to Schwab. “Sheldon has been on countless trade show floors and has a unique perspective on how most import and export deals are consummated,” he said.

Las Vegas Sands owns meeting and trade show space totaling more than 3 million gross square feet and has another 4 million square feet under development. Weidner said that fact gave Adelson a perspective on global business unique from most executives. “No one is better positioned to provide input and insights into the intricacies of the trade show business and its overall impact on international trade,” he said.

Las Vegas Sands is best known for its Sands Expo and Convention Center and the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas. The company also has facilities in the Macao region of China and is currently developing the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

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