Sands China boycotts shark fin trade with in-house restaurant ban

by | Mar 23, 2019 | General News

The famous Sands China hotel and casino in Macau

Macau casino operator Sands China takes a major step towards environmental protection with a ban on shark fin products in restaurants.

Sands China announced that it has placed a ban on shark fin in its hotel and casino restaurants. This is part of an environmental strategy which also includes limiting plastic usage and implementing other sustainable practices.

Sands China says goodbye to shark fin

In a move that has been welcomed by the World Wildlife Fund, Macau casino and hotel operator Sands China, a subsidiary of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, has announced that it will place a full ban on the use of shark fins in its dining venues.

Sands China operates casinos and hotels in Macau, primarily in the Cotai district but also on the peninsula, and it has initiated the ban on all its internal and external food and beverage operations.

The intention to remove shark fin from Sands China menus was first tabled in 2017, and as of January 1st this year, a full ban has been put into effect across all properties and operations.

Mark McWhinnie, senior vice president of resort operations and development for Sands China, said, “This shark fin ban reflects our company’s firm commitment to continue reducing the environmental impact of our operations.”

Sands China on the road to sustainability

The move to eliminate shark fin in all its forms from Sands China resorts and restaurants is a move that falls in line with the group’s commitment to instil sustainable practices within its properties and company ethos.

The series of strategies designed to reduce the group’s environmental impact also includes the elimination of plastic straws, which came into being at the beginning of 2019.

Plastic has become a symbol for the modern-day fight against climate change and the encouragement of environmental protection with moves to ban single-use plastics being seen all over the world.

Sands China is taking this a step further by planning to tackle the issue of single-use plastics in hotel shampoos and soaps, with the intention of replacing these items with refillable dispensers.

The group has also redesigned its water bottles to reduce the amount of plastic used in their manufacturing.


Let’s take a look at a few other projects currently underway by other brands that are also taking steps towards environmental protection:

Sandals Lasource St Lucia

Cordis Auckland

Hilton Beijing Tongzhou


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