Singapore - A major Singaporean resort is removing shark fin from its exhibition and convention centre menus, its management announced Wednesday.
Shark fin soup is a traditional staple of wedding dinners in the predominantly Chinese city-state.
"Marina Bay Sands is a leader in the hospitality and MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions) industry. We have the unique opportunity to inspire and influence our customers and partners to adopt sustainable practices," said Kevin Teng, the resort's director of sustainability.
Wildlife and environmental activists welcomed the announcement.
"We applaud their strong commitment to marine protection and hope that other hotels will follow their excellent example," the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society.
"This move ... sends a strong and clear message that this is an important issue that needs to be addressed," said Olivia Choong, president of Green Drinks Singapore.