Las Vegas Sands president says Las Vegas will see ‘more pain’ as pandemic persists Kevin Stankiewicz, CNBC · July 31, 2020 at 7:57 am Las Vegas Sands President Robert Goldstein told CNBC on Thursday that the city of Las Vegas will continue to struggle economically as the coronavirus pandemic persists. “It’s clearly a difficult time for us … and from my perspective, we’re in for some more pain around here,” Goldstein said in an interview on “The Exchange” with CNBC’s Contessa Brewer. Goldstein’s comments come two days after the announcement that CES, the U.S.′ biggest technology show, will be an online-only event in January due to the coronavirus — yet another blow to the economy of Las Vegas, where CES is held. Last year, the multiday event had more than 171,000 attendees from across the world. “Las Vegas … is a large-scale city by any means you measure it: 150,000 sleeping rooms, large conventions, large banquets. Large is the word for Las Vegas, so not exactly an easy place to be in this environment,” said Goldstein, who called CES going virtual “hurtful short term” for the city.