by Florie Hubac , Adforum

Shanghai, September 12th, 2014 – After a fiercely competitive pitching process, Saatchi & Saatchi was appointed by Sands China, the American giant in the casino and resort industry, as creative agency to serve its properties in Macao Cotai Strip for mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao. A total of 10 agencies were involved in the long list, while Grey and Ogilvy enlisted in the final pitch.

The creative duties will cover Sands' flagship Venetian and Sands Macao resorts as well as further shops, entertainment holdings and hotels on the Cotai Strip, including brands such as the Four Seasons, Conrad, Sheraton, Holiday Inn, and Parisian, a new resort that will offer 5, 000 rooms and a replica of the Eiffel Tower.

Everything about this pitch was big: According to a recent media report, the account is believed to be worth US$50 million, industry insiders expect this to be the largest–scale contract in the Greater China region for the year. The presentation team from Saatchi & Saatchi set a new industry record with 130 members. The team from Saatchi & Saatchi Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong offices arrived at the presentation meeting in black t-shirts with gold text that read, "Sands Macao and Saatchi & Saatchi – One Team One Dream, Nothing is Impossible." The team delivered a perfect showing of Saatchi & Saatchi's creativity, spirit, passion and commitment.

"As a team Saatchi & Saatchi has exhibited great cohesiveness. They have shown us deep knowledge of our target audience and out of the box creative activation for our marketing needs which are what we are looking for in our partnership... very exciting indeed.” Said Chuanda Tan, Executive Creative Director of Advertising & Brand Management Sands China Ltd.

Saatchi & Saatchi Greater China CEO Michael Lee expressed his pride in the team's achievement, but declined to disclose the value of the account. "This has been an unparalleled journey for us and has given us the opportunity to present the pinnacle of Saatchi's creative and strategic abilities as well as our team's unbridled passion to the client," he said. "We demonstrated and proved our commitment to this highly valued client through our every action. We are filled with gratitude for their faith in us as well as with excitement to begin this partnership. I am exceptionally proud of our team's work on this pitch. Our successful journey to Macao is a testament to the spirit of Saatchi & Saatchi One Team One Dream."

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