by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | February 26, 2014
Hilton Worldwide has announced it will cease serving shark fin and stop receiving new banquet orders for shark-fin dishes at all of its restaurants and food-and-beverage facilities across its 96 owned and managed properties in the Asia Pacific region, effective April 1. Hilton first took steps to eliminate the delicacy in December 2012, when the item was removed from the menu of its properties in China and Southeast Asia; the ban eventually will expand to all 645 owned and managed properties. "We made a decisive commitment to influence consumer demand and ensure operational compliance across our portfolio of hotels by taking a measured country-by-country approach. In placing a global ban on shark fin, we take action in support of environmental conservation efforts worldwide," said Martin Rinck, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide. Hilton is one of several global hotel companies to stop serving the controversial delicacy, which has been identified as the major cause of the decline in shark populations. Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, and The Peninsula hotel group no longer service shark fin at any of their properties.