Robert G. Goldstein
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Las Vegas Sands
Sure. Yeah. First of all, I think the fascinating part to me, is we operate in three markets currently and Las Vegas is the blueprint, I think for the recovery of Asia. We said about a year ago, when I was coming to work and someone told me, here in Las Vegas, we wouldn't see normal returns here until revenues, so '24, '25. So here we are in the fall of '21, and the market is blown wide open. And what's the path? The path is pent-up demand, vaccinations, and doors get opened. And I think Las Vegas will be the blueprint for Asia. That's the path.
So vaccinations in Asia are booming, if you can look at what's happening in Singapore and Malaysia, Japan, China, Korea, it's all above the percentage-wise, what's happened [Phonetic] in the U.S. So first, we have extremely strong vaccination rates in Asia surpassing the U.S. Number two, I think you've got to obviously have a government that wants to open the doors in Singapore, that is evidenced by their actions, they wanted just that. I think you're going to see a big turn in '22. The recovery will begin in '22. When do we get back to 1.7 and maybe beyond that in EBITDA, I don't know.
The exact date, I can't tell you. I can tell you this. It's going to be a lot better in '22, if the government continues their path, which has shown a lot of leadership, thoughtfulness, vaccination rates I think are actually approaching 80%-plus. The market over there feels it's ready to come back in '22, as the government opens those travel lanes and we look at -- again, the demand issues here in Las Vegas have been, I think, very instructive. It's great to walk through here and see the numbers that's kicking out through the entire city. Why wouldn't that happen in Asia? Singapore has been a hugely important market to us.
Your point about Macau versus the Chinese market. Obviously, part of our business is dependent upon access to Chinese market, but it's not dependent [Phonetic]. We probably could still make a lot of money, maybe as much as $1.5 billion without a lot of Chinese input. So if Korea opens up, and Singapore opens up, Malaysia opens up, and Korea and Japan, those markets are very, very sad and happy for us. And I believe we'll see them start opening up throughout '22. That's the path. It's a vaccination rate, which is soaring. It has opened traveling. It's opening the doors up and then watching what's happened in Vegas, happened in Singapore and I feel -- I don't want to identify a month or a quarter, but I think you're going to see a nice turn in '22. And then the same will happen in Macau when the government decides to open those doors up.
So, I know there's people -- I have people will say it's 25 to Macau [Indecipherable] 27. But the truth is Vegas is just about 30 minutes. Once we open doors up, it just recovers and it's a gaming base recovery, it's not a convention banquet-based recovery actually yet to come. So, I think the future in Vegas remains, as we've always said, very bright, and there's no reason why it can't be emulated in both Singapore and Macau, as vaccination rates take off and governments get more confident and travel lanes reopen. So we're highly confident it's going to happen in Singapore in '22. To what degree, I won't predict, but it's just a question of time for LVS goes right back to where it was pre-COVID. It's just inevitable. So, we're very confident.