Feb122016

SLS Las Vegas serving shark fin soup for Chinese New Year Menu

SLS Las Vegas is a November 2015 addition to Starwood Hotels Tribute Portfolio. The day before sitting down in Northside Café for dinner at SLS Las Vegas last night, I’d read two pieces by Lucky of One Mile at a Time about Starwood Hotels 2014 global ban of shark fin soup from its hotel restaurants. The hotel he referenced serving shark fin soup was Sheraton Grande Taipei in Taiwan.

One Mile at a Time – Some Starwood Hotels Not Compliant With Shark Fin Ban? (Feb 10).

One Mile at a Time – Starwood’s Impressive Response Regarding Shark Fin Soup (Feb 10).

The Chinese food items on the Northside Café menu caught my attention for a light vegetarian dinner at SLS Las Vegas. Inside the restaurant I was handed the regular menu and a separate limited time Chinese New Year Menu.

SLS Shark Fin Soup

SLS Las Vegas Northside Café Chinese New Year Menu has Coconut Shark Fin Soup $138.

Starwood Hotels social media team sent this response to Lucky at One Mile at a Time regarding his articles Wednesday on Sheraton Grande Taipei serving shark fin soup.

Starwood’s social media team provided him the following update:

As you stated, Starwood instituted a global ban on shark fin soup in 2014 and we take that very seriously.  It was very unfortunate that the Sheraton Grande Taipei Hotel did not follow that ban.  It has since been removed from their menu and we have assurances that it will not be served again.  We apologize for what happened.  We are not aware of any other instances of it being served and we are communicating to all Starwood properties in Asia Pacific to reiterate our global ban.  If you learn of it being served currently, please let us know and we will act immediately.

Looks like Starwood needs to be in communication about its global ban on shark fin soup with its USA hotel properties too.

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